Great expectations : authoritative text, backgrounds, contexts, criticism / Charles Dickens ; edited by Edgar Rosenberg, Cornell University.

Presents a critical edition of Dickens's story of a poor orphan boy educated as a gentleman in Victorian England, with textual notes, essays on the context of the novel, and critical readings of the work, its characters, and its significance.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 (Author)
Other Authors: Rosenberg, Edgar (Editor)
Format: Book
Published: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [1999]
Edition:First edition.
Series:Norton critical edition.
Table of Contents:
  • The text of Great expectations. Adopted readings
  • Textual notes
  • Launching Great expectations
  • Writing Great expectations
  • A note on Dickens's working plans
  • The descriptive headlines
  • Putting an end to Great expectations
  • Backgrounds. Dickens's letters on Great expectations
  • A chronology of Great expectations / Anny Saldrin
  • The (unread) reading version of Great expectations / Jean Callahan
  • The genesis of a novel: Great expectations / Harry Stone
  • Contexts. Dickens and the world of Pip. Dickens among the tombstones / James T. Fields
  • Dickens in 1861 / Edgar Rosenberg
  • Pip's upward mobility / Humphry House
  • The pursuit of gentility / Robin Gilmour
  • Childhood lessons. Captain murderer / Charles Dickens
  • Naturally vicious: many a moral thing for the young / Mrs. Sherwood
  • Dame schools and Bible studies / The Newcastle Commission
  • Reformatory: down and out in London and Botany Bay. On gibbeting / William Sykes
  • Firing a Rick and breaking the Sabbath / Sir Henry Hawkins
  • Of transportation / Jeremy Bentham
  • A convict's recollections of New South Wales
  • Theatrical. The apprentice's vade mecum: a gloss on George Barnwell / Samuel Richardson
  • Hamlet before Wopsle / Henry Fielding
  • Criticism. Contemporary reviews and early comments. Dickens' comeback / The Saturday Review
  • The most successful of his works have been his most incoherent / The spectator
  • I would rather read a good review of it / Henry Crabb Robinson
  • Dickens as serial writer / E.S. Dallas
  • Dickens's tiresome clowning / The Dublin University Magazine
  • Dickens knows nothing of sin when it is not crime / J.M. Capes and J.E.E.D. Acton
  • Specimens of oddity run mad / Mrs. Oliphant
  • Dickens's shrews / George Gissing
  • Essays. Autumnal England / E.M. Forster
  • Introduction to Great expectations / Bernard Shaw
  • Charles Dickens / George Orwell
  • G.B.S. on Great expectations / Humphry House
  • On Great expectations / Dorothy Van Ghent
  • The hero's guilt: the case of Great expectations / Julian Moynahan.
  • The critical autonomy of Great expectations / K.J. Fielding
  • Great expectations / Christopher Ricks
  • Oral Dickens / Ian Watt
  • Repetition, repression, and return: the plotting of Great expectations / Peter Brooks
  • The prose and poetry of Great expectations / David Gervais
  • Dickens and the uncanny: repression and displacement in Great expectations / Michal Peled Ginsburg
  • A re-vision of Miss Havisham: her expectations and our responses / Linda Raphael
  • Bodies of capital: Great expectations and the climacteric economy / Susan Walsh.