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Dickensian Landscapes

Juin 2016

Résumé :

Textes réunis par Marie-Amélie Coste, Christine Huguet et Nathalie Vanfasse

Though Dickens is best known for his unique characters, he is also associated with unforgettable descriptions of London. These memorable cityscapes will be used here as a springboard to conduct an in-depth analysis of Dickensian landscapes in general. In the wake of Malcolm Andrews’s study of Landscape and Western Art, the word landscape is understood here as a twofold process in which land is not just perceived as landscape but actually built into art ; in other words landscape is defined here as land “aesthetically processed” (Andrews 1, 7), or to paraphrase Simon Schama in Landscape and Memory, as a way of elaborating on land as raw matter (10). It is this complex construction of landscapes—which in this instance are made of words—that the following collection of articles brings to light.

Illustration : Bleak House frontispiece by ‘Phiz’

Contributeurs :

Introduction : Dickensian Landscapes
Marie-Amélie Coste, Christine Huguet, Nathalie Vanfasse

Foreword : Dickens, Landscape and Memory
Paul Schlicke, William F. Long

1. Constructing Land into Landscape

Dickens and Modern Landscape Painting
Marianne Camus

Dickens’s Pioneering Rhetoric of Landscape
Nathalie Jaëck, Xavier Amelot

Journeys through Nature : Dickens, Anti-Pastoralism and the Country
Mark Frost

2. Landscapes and the Mind

Uncanny Connected Vessels : the Country and the City in Bleak House
Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay

Dickensian Dreamscapes
Sara Gazo

3. Man, Place and Landscape

Dickensian Liminal Ports and Issues of Ambiguous or Hybrid National Identity : Boston and Boulogne
Diana C. Archibald

Dickens and Thanatourism
James John Cutler

Charles Dickens : The Romantic Heritage and the Victorians’ Challenge of Ecology
Norbert Lennartz

Afterword : Dickens and the Landscapes of the New World
Michael Slater

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