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Dickens and Empire: Discourses of Class, Race and Colonialism in the Works of Charles Dickens (Nineteenth Century)

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' ... a thoughtful, well-researched, and clearly written study that provides the first sustained reading of Dickens in the context of 19th-century international and colonial politics. Moore's attention throughout to the interdependence of domestic and international concerns as they affected Dickens's attitudes toward (and fictional treatment of) race and class results in important revisions to received opinion on this important and timely topic.'
John Jordan, Professor of English and Director of the Dickens Project, The University of California, Santa Cruz

'... a valuable study of Dickens's relationship to questions of race and empire.'
John Bowen, Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of York

'Moore's mastery of the Dickens canon (few critics have paid such close attention to Dickens's periodicals, Household Words and All the Year Round) enables her to provide cogent illustrations of his evolving attitude toward empire.'
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'[Dickens's] novels continue to matter, and any discussion of his journalism and correspondence that points us to more open and complex readings of the novels is valuable. No other book has brought together such a wide range of texts showing the extent of Dickens's response to empire. Dickens and Empire is a valuable book.' --Clio

About the Author

Grace Moore is Lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia
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Product Details

  • Series: Nineteenth Century
  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (November 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754634124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754634126
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,932,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Dickens, like many of his English and British contemporaries, was a genocidal racist. Thus Charles Dickens in a letter to Emile de la Rue on 23 October 1857 about the so-called Indian Mutiny of 1857 : “I wish I were Commander in Chief over there [ India ]! I would address that Oriental character which must be powerfully spoken to, in something like the following placard, which should be vigorously translated into all native dialects, “I, The Inimitable, holding this office of mine, and firmly believing that I hold it by the permission of Heaven and not by the appointment of Satan, have the honor to inform you Hindoo gentry that it is my intention, with all possible avoidance of unnecessary cruelty and with all merciful swiftness of execution, to exterminate the Race from the face of the earth, which disfigured the earth with the late abominable atrocities [2,000 British killed in the 1857 Indian War of Independence aka the 1857 Indian Mutiny]

So there. Another Hindu hating Christian with white mans burden.
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