This monograph covers Dickens and creativity, analysing both his discussion of creativity and imagination and illustrations in his work.Charles Dickens' experience and imagining of creativity is at the heart of his self-awareness, subject-matter and narrative. His intelligence works intuitively rather than conceptually and ideas about imagination often emerge informally in personal letters and implicitly through characters, language and story. His self-analysis and reflexive tendency are embedded in his styles and forms of narrative and dialogue, images of normality, madness, extremity, subversion and disorder, poetry and inter-textuality, anticipating and shaping the languages of modernism, influencing James Joyce and Virginia Woolf as well as traditionalists like H.G. Wells and Evelyn Waugh.Discussing Dickens' novels and some of his letters, sketches, essays and stories, Barbara Hardy offers a fascinating demonstration of creativity.
Barbara Hardy is a poet, autobiographer and novelist, as well as a critic whose books include three on George Eliot and three on Dickens. She is Emeritus Professor at Birbeck, University of London, Honorary Professor of the University of Wales, Swansea, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.
Acknowledgments; Editions and Works Cited; Preface; 1. A Career and its Context; 2. Dickens discusses Creativity; 3. Awareness of Art in Sketches By Boz, Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Barnaby Rudge, The Old Curiosity Shop, A Christmas Carol and The Chimes; 4. The Artist as Narrator in Doctor Marigold, David Copperfield, Bleak House and Great Expectations; 5. Talkative Men and Women; 6. Imaginative Extremes, Norms and Negations; 7. Subversions and Oppositions; 8. Crises of Imagination; 9. Forecast and Fantasy in Little Dorrit; 10. Creative Conversation in Hard Times, Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend; 11. Assertions of Style: Rhythm and Repetition in A Tale of Two Cities and Our Mutual Friend; 12. Dialogues with Shakespeare in David Copperfield and Great Expectations; 13. Dickens in the Twentieth Century; Index.