Congratulations and many thanks for the DICKNS-ELLERS who sent us
word of their publications in the last year! Ann Gaylin struck a common
note for all when she wrote, "At the risk of blatant self-promotion (but
responding to your request), I'd like to call your attention to ..." Not
all of the citations were sent by the authors; some the authors presumed
I knew of them, some citations were sent by member friends.
You'll see that for some entries I have included (and edited)
information the sender supplied. The listing is alphabetical by author.
ARCHBOLD, DIANA <[log in to unmask]>
Diana Archbold. _Domesticity, Imperialism, and Emigration in
the Victorian Novel_, Missouri UP, 2002.
The third chapter of Diana Archbold's first book "takes a close
look at the British construction of the American woman, who appears
masculinized in contrast to the English domestic ideal.... Section one
show[s] how Charles Dickens's _Martin Chuzzlewit_ points to the source of
this masculinization in its biting satire of American 'democracy' and
`freedom.' These noble principles have gone awry--here the pastoral
ideal is perverted and resides in a fever-infested swamp; here women turn
into men and men into `savages.'"
BRATTIN, JOEL <[log in to unmask]>
"'All the Fine Gentlemen . . . Down to Zoodle': Alphabets and
Alphabetical Order in _Bleak House_." _The Dickensian_, vol. 98, part 2
(Summer 2002), pp. 113-118.
"Constancy, Change, and the Dust Mounds of _Our Mutual Friend_."
_Dickens Quarterly_, vol. 19, no. 1 (March 2002), pp. 23-30.
_Little Dorrit_. Charles Dickens. Modern Library Classics
edition. New York: Random House, 2002. (Brattin contributed
explanatory annotations, on pp. 857-874.)
_Illustrating Dickens: Selections from the Robert D. Fellman
Collection_. Worcester: WPI, 2002. (With Rodney G. Obien, Brattin
edited this profusely-illustrated catalog, which includes essays by Bert
G. Hornback ("Dickensian Words and Images") and Robert L. Patten
("Illustrating the Inimitable"); Brattin also wrote the essay "Fellman,
Dickens, and Illustration," on pp. 25-31.)
[This last item may not be known to list members, and might be of
interest. Anyone wishing to order a copy should communicate directly
with Rodney Obien (email: [log in to unmask]).]
GAYLIN, ANN <[log in to unmask]>
Ann Gaylin. _Eavesdropping in the Novel from Austen to Proust_.
Cambridge UP, 2002. (This has just appeared and not been reviewed.)
The book appears is one of the titles in their series, Cambridge
Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, under the general
editorship of Gillian Beer. The book contains chapters on Dickens and
Wilkie Collins, among others.
JORDAN, JOHN <[log in to unmask]>
John O. Jordan, ed. _The Cambridge Companion to Charles
Dickens_. Cambridge UP, 2001. (not received for review until 2002)
Fourteen essays written by Dickensian and Victorian specialists
provide "contexts that will enhance the understanding and appreciation of
[Dickens's] major novels." The authors discuss the major novels, singly
and in groupings, reflect on what Dickens's biography looks like "in an
age of poststructuralist theory," examine aspects of CD's "novelistic
practices" and "consider Dickens in relation to ... illustration,
theatre, and film." Beside Jordan, members of our forum are among the
contributors: Grahame Smith, the biographical essay; Robert Patten an
essay entitled "From Sketches to Nickleby," Brian Cheadle, one on "The
Late Novels: Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend," Robert Newsom on
"Fictions of Childhood," Murray Baumgarten on "Fictions of the City,"
For a detailed assessment, you might wish, in desperation, to
consult my review in _Nineteenth-Century Prose_, 29 (1), Spring 2002 pp.
LEWIS, PAUL <[log in to unmask]>
Paul Lewis. `My Dear Wilkie: The Letters from Dickens to Collins.'
_Wilkie Collins Society Journal_ NS V (2002): 3-23.
The opening paragraph explains that this "is a bibliographical
study into the letters written by Charles Dickens to his close friend
Wilkie Collins. The publication in 2002 of the final volume of the
Pilgrim edition of _The Letters of Charles Dickens_ enables us to
catalogue the known letters which Dickens wrote to Collins and collate
them with previous sources. Four further letters not in Pilgrim are
identified. Careful study of the extant letters allows us to draw some
objective conclusions about the closeness of the relationship between
Dickens and Collins and how that changed over time."
METZ, NANCY AYCOCK <[log in to unmask]>
Nancy Aycock Metz. _The Companion to Martin Chuzzlewit_. The
Banks, Mountfield: Helm Information Ltd., 2002.
Reviewed in DICKNS-L, 26 June 2002, item #2090.
NAYDER, LILLIAN <[log in to unmask]>
Lillian Nayder. _Unequal Partners: Charles Dickens Wilkie Collins,
and Victorian Authorship_. Cornell UP, 2002.
...reviewed thus far in _Wilkie Collins Society Journal_, and soon
in _Dickens Quarterly_ and _Dickens Studies Annual_.
PARKER, DAVID <[log in to unmask]>
David Parker. _The Doughty Street Novels: Pickwick Papers, Oliver
Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge_. AMS Press, 2002.
Dickns-L has seen just one review, that in the _London Review of
Books_, but expects this book to be widely reviewed.
David Paroissien, Intro. and Notes. _The Mystery of Edwin Drood_.
London: Penguin, 2002.
PICKER, JOHN <[log in to unmask]>
John Picker, "The Tramp of a Fly's Footstep, or, the Shriek,
Rattle, and Roar of a Victorian Sound Track," _The American Scholar_
-- contains some discussion of Dombey and Son
SICHER, EFFRAIM <[log in to unmask]>
Effrain Sicher. _Rereading the City/Rereading Dickens:
Representation, the Novel, and Urban Realism_, New York: AMS Press, 2002.
From the book jacket: "This is a breakthrough study of
representation which draws on recent theory to reread Dickens' urban
realism. By freeing Dickens from the fallacy of a simple mimesis which
opposes literary to non-literary perception of the Victorian city,
Dickens is put in an epistemological framework that reveals the exciting
dialogue with contemporary art, medicine, and politics on key issues of
the day. In resisting official discourse, Dickens takes an innovative
position on gender, the body, science and natural history. Amid
incoherence and indeterminacy Dickens' art of contrasts reads into
landscape a moral significance."
SLATER, MICHAEL <[log in to unmask]>
Michael Slater. _Douglas Jerrold_. 2002.
This long awaited biography of one of Dickens's closest friends
and an important figure on the Victorian literary scene has escaped the
purview of DICKNS-L up until now. We shall hear more about it shortly.
TOBIN, MARY ANN <[log in to unmask]>
Mary Ann Tobin. "Dickens, Poe and the International Copyright
Battle." _Dickensian_ 98.2 (Summer 2002): 127-38.
Concluding word: This list evolved from an invitation to members of the
Dickens Forum to tell us of their publications in the last year. For a
complete and continuing bibliography of publications by and about Dickens,
the listing in the _Dickens Quarterly_, compiled issue by issue by Karen
A. Droisen, is as accurate and complete as anyone would wish. (pjm)