Posthumous and Prenatal Dickens

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This paper addresses Dickens’s interest in life after death (or its absence), and, more strangely, life before birth. Starting from passages in David Copperfield and Our Mutual Friend that suggest a view of terrestrial existence as a middle space, I examine the extent to which Dickens’s ideas on this matter are consistent and coherent, and how they relate to the earthly plotting of his narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiminal Dickens : Rites of Passage in His Work
EditorsValerie Kennedy, Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou
Number of pages13
Place of publicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge Scholars Press
Publication year2016
Pages20-32
Chapter1
ISBN (print) 1-4438-8890-7, 978-1-4438-8890-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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