It is in "Bleak House" that Dickens the realist and Dickens the modernist are often thought to meet. In the two intertwined but separate narratives, one from a woman's perspective and the other forming, arguably, the first detective novel in English, Dickens confronts modern England and modernity itself. The essays collected in this "New Casebook" embody some of the approaches to Dickens, using deconstructive, feminist, Marxist and post-structuralist methods. The introduction places the various essays in the context of current critical thinking, whilst itself suggesting an alternative viewpoint and the potential direction of future analysis of this text.
JEREMY TAMBLING teaches Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong and, amongst other books, is author of Dickens, Violence and the Modern State (also published by Macmillan) and is editor of David Copperfield for Penguin Classics. He edited E.M.Forster in the New Casebook series.
Acknowedgements General Editor's Preface Introduction; J.Tambling Interpretation in Bleak House;J.Hillis Miller 'The Universe Makes an Indifferent Parent': Bleak House and the Victorian Family Romance; C.van Boheemen-Saaf Double Vision and the Double Standard in Bleak House: A Feminist Perspective; V.Blain Discipline in Different Voices: Bureaucracy, Police, Family and Bleak House; D.A.Miller Ideology and Critique in Dickens'sBleak House; D.Lacapra Telescopic Philanthropy: Professionalism and Responsibility in Bleak House; B.Robbins David Copperfield and Bleak House: On Dividing the Responsibility of Knowing; A.Jaffe Re-ReadingBleak House: The Chronicle of a 'Little Body' and its Perverse Defence; K.Cummings Esther's Will; T.Peltason Losing One's Place: Displacement and Domesticity in Dicken's Bleak House; K.McLaughlin Notes on the Contributors Index
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