Dickens and Diaspora
The opportunity — and the challenge — afforded by a volume of essays devoted to ‘Dickens, Europe, and the New Worlds’ lies in its invitation to consider Dickens in a global perspective. Not that Dickens’s stature as a world writer has ever been seriously in doubt: the many translations of his novels into languages other than English and the acknowledged influence of his work on writers as widely situated as Dostoevsky, Galdós, Kafka and Faulkner provide ample evidence of his continuing presence as an international cultural force. One aspect of Dickens’s position as a world writer that has received relatively little notice, however, is the response given to his work by writers outside of Europe and the United States, especially in what we might think of as the greater Anglophone diaspora of the former British Empire.
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