The Romantic Legacy of Charles Dickens

  • Peter Cook

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 271-276

About this book


This book explores the relationship between Dickens and canonical Romantic authors: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, and Keats.  Addressing a significant gap in Dickens studies, four topics are identified: Childhood, Time, Progress, and Outsiders, which together constitute the main aspects of Dickens’s debt to the Romantics. Through close readings of key Romantic texts, and eight of Dickens’s novels, Peter Cook investigates how Dickens utilizes Romantic tropes to express his responses to the exponential growth of post-revolutionary industrial, technological culture and its effects on personal life and relationships. In this close study of Dickensian Romanticism, Cook demonstrates the enduring relevance of Dickens and the Romantics to contemporary culture.


Charles Dickens Romantic poetry Romanticism Dickens studies influence of the Romantics William Blake Wordsworth Coleridge Byron Percy Mary Shelley John Keats

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Cook
    • 1
  1. 1.Anglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96790-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96791-2
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