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Little Dorrit and Pictures from Italy by

Hardcover, Published in Dec 2009 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN10: 1443814431 | ISBN13: 9781443814430

Page count: 267

'Dickens and America' has been amply studied, his no less important relationship to Italy much less so, despite his friend Forster's assertion that his long stay in Genoa represented 'the turning-point of his career.' This book, arising from a major conference held in Genoa in 2007, attempts to redress the balance, focusing primarily on Dickens's two major writings about Italy-the travel book Pictures from Italy of 1845, and Part Two of his great novel Little Dorrit of 1855-7. It falls into six sections: the first concerns Dickens's enjoyment of leisure for the first time in his life in Italy; the second, his response to the visual attractions of Italy, both natural and artistic; the third, his political stance about Italy in the period of the Risorgimento; the fourth, his preoccupation with death and decay in what he saw and experienced in Italy; the fifth, his representation of 'Italianness' in Little Dorrit and elsewhere; and the sixth, his relation to modern and contemporary writers about Italy. It thus aims to fill a vital gap in Dickens studies.

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