Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Glen Newkirk
Because of his work’s enduring quality, Dickens has been subjected to critical scrutiny. Slater examines Dickens’ women; Herst explores Dickens’ heroes; Thurley considers the myth in Dickens; Collins traces crime and education in Dickens. Each study adds a richer understanding of either his characters, his symbolism, or his craft. The research seems extensive, and it would appear that little remains to be said; however, after reading Bleak House the title suggested to me another area for future interpretation. To date, few have examined the Dickinson house in detail. Frances Armstrong considers Dickens’ concept of home, and Alice Van Buren Kelley concentrated on the houses in Bleak House. All excellent works, but they stopped short of thorough investigation of each house’s relationship with his occupants. I believe that Dickens utilized the house, and its variants, as outward manifestations of his characters.
Johnson-Woods, Toni, "The houses that Charles built: The house as symbol in "David Copperfield", "Bleak House", and "Great Expectations"" (1992). Student Work. 3194.
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