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Arctic Science
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ISSN (Online) 2368-7460
Published by NRC Research Press Homepage  [19 journals]
  • Contributors to this Issue

    • Abstract: Jonathan Foster is a PhD candidate at Stockholm University. His dissertation examines the relationship between British literature and state administration in the long nineteenth century, focusing on Harriet Martineau, Charles Dickens, H. G. Wells and Joseph Conrad.Richard Hughes Gibson is associate professor of English at Wheaton College and the author of three books: Paper Electronic Literature: An Archeology of Born-Digital Materials (2021), Charitable Writing: Cultivating Virtue Through Our Words (with James Beitler; 2020), and Forgiveness in Victorian Literature: Grammar, Narrative, and Community (2015). With the designer Jeremy Botts, he co-directs the Manibus Press, an occasional publisher of artists’ ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-02-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dickens’s “The Black Veil”: Generic and Cultural
           Contexts

    • Abstract: Unlike other pieces from Sketches by Boz which presently stir little interest, “The Black Veil” remains in literary circulation, being published independently and included in anthologies whose editors briefly discuss its thematic and generic aspects. Yet the information offered is either limited or imprecise. For instance, it opens the collection Short Stories from the Nineteenth Century, edited by David Stuart Davies, who stresses topicality – “‘The Black Veil’ contains scenes that brilliantly illustrate the poverty and terrible living conditions to be found in the poorer quarters of London” – but inexplicably claims that “[t]he storyteller is a young doctor” (1–2). The doctor’s point of view is dominant; he may ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-02-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bureaucratic Sensibility: Bleak House as a Layperson’s Guidebook to
           Officialdom

    • Abstract: In The Novel and The Police (1988), D. A. Miller makes a compelling case for viewing Victorian novelists as unwitting accomplices in disciplinary power, proposing that, “despite or by means of its superficially hostile attitude to bureaucracy, a novel like Bleak House is profoundly concerned to train us [...] in the sensibility for inhabiting the new bureaucratic, administrative structures” (76). In short, Miller suggests that Victorian readers who navigated complex plots like that of Bleak House developed the type of mindset required in modern state culture, receiving a form of “training” that facilitated the operations of the administrative state (76–78). The present essay draws on and expands Miller’s idea that ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-02-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Fungi and the City: Charles Dickens’s Urban Poetics of Decay

    • Abstract: Great Expectations comes close to ending in its twenty-first chapter. On the day of his arrival in London, Pip finds himself waiting outside Herbert’s chambers in Barnard’s Inn. “I opened the staircase window,” Pip remembers, “and had nearly beheaded myself, for the lines had rotted away, and it came down like the guillotine” (137; ch. 21). This near miss echoes the reference to Damocles in one of Browne’s last illustrations to Little Dorrit, which shows the Clennam house moments before it collapses (820; bk. 2, ch. 31). In the anecdote often referred to as “The Sword of Damocles,” Damocles is taught a lesson by his King, Dionysius. Offered to sit on the King’s throne for one day, Damocles finds a sword suspended ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-02-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Charles Dickens, Domestic Economist

    • Abstract: What’s a man to do at home' As John Tosh argues in A Man’s Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England, the period’s “didactic writers […] were almost at one in declaring that bourgeois men not only had time for domestic life, but a deep and compelling need of it” (6). Yet Victorian commentators on domesticity often offered only vague – and sometimes vexed – answers to the question of what men were actually supposed to do in the domestic realm that their finances supported. Thanks in part to a sprawling body of “domestic economy” manuals and magazines, the wife–mother’s position within the household was clearly defined. Meanwhile, the husband–father’s position “was increasingly ambivalent and ... Read More
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  • Adaptation, the Popular, and the Political in Klein Dorrit (1934)

    • Abstract: Charles Dickens refers to Germans and Germany only briefly in Little Dorrit, but the country produced two adaptations of the film by the early 1930s. Aside from brief encyclopedic entries or biographical notes, little extensive writing exists in either English or German on the 1934 adaptation, Klein Dorrit. There could be several reasons for this lack of scholarship. The source novel itself tends to be overshadowed by more popular Dickens texts, like Bleak House. On its release in German translation, Little Dorrit seems to have passed practically unnoticed: one literary magazine “only studied the first number” (Gummer 50). The 1934 adaptation takes the form of an operetta, featuring dialogue interspersed with ... Read More
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  • The Turning-Point: A Year that Changed Dickens and the World by Robert
           Douglas-Fairhurst (review)

    • Abstract: “Here is God’s plenty,” wrote Dryden of Chaucer, and the phrase, suitably adapted for a post-pious age, might surely be applied to this, the successor to Douglas-Fairhurst’s acclaimed study of the first phase of the novelist’s writing career, Becoming Dickens. It is difficult to imagine any Dickensian not gaining pleasure and profit from a reading of this book, so rich and copious and various is the material on offer in its pages. In the school of Dickens erudition of which Michael Slater is the undoubted present-day doyen, Douglas-Fairhurst shows himself a worthy successor, providing not only a wealth of familiar and unfamiliar detail about Dickens but also a cornucopia of material relevant to 1851 and the Great ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-02-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Case of the Initial Letter: Charles Dickens and the Politics of the
           Dual Alphabet by Gavin Edwards (review)

    • Abstract: I have often wondered about the scene in A Christmas Carol (1843) when Scrooge is talking with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, and he asks: “Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only'” (108; Stave 4). It is odd that those modal auxiliaries, “Will,” and “May,” are capitalized. Teaching students about grammar is tricky enough without one of Britain’s greatest writers breaking the rules himself. Anyone who has pondered over this, or similar instances, should read Gavin Edwards’s The Case of the Initial Letter, a study of Dickens’s innovative use of the dual alphabet. For although we might not have realized it, the dual alphabet – the combination of ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-02-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Some Keywords in Dickens ed. by Michael Hollington, Francesca Orestano and
           Nathalie Vanfasse (review)

    • Abstract: Words are surely the best place to begin with Dickens. Few writers have been as fertile of words and as precise and intentional in their choice. What makes him challenging for our students is what we love: the exuberance and vitality of the language in his densely packed paragraphs, its manic energy and intensity, the way the words sound in the ear, read on the page, and resonate in the imagination. It is fortunate, then, that we have a new collection of essays that returns to what might be thought of as the basics: the words themselves.Most of the fifteen pieces in this collection were first presented in a seminar hosted in 2018 by the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) and held in the Czech ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-02-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Dickens Checklist

    • Abstract: The Dickens Checklist, recording new publications, doctoral dissertations, and online ressources of significance for Dickens studies, appears in each issue of the journal. A cumulative edition of the Checklist, consisting of listings since vol. 37, no. 1 (March 2020), is available at dickenssociety.org, and will be updated once a ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-02-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
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