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'A moving and a moving on’: Mobility, Space and the Nation in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House

Mathieson, CE (2012) 'A moving and a moving on’: Mobility, Space and the Nation in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House English, 61 (235). pp. 395-405.

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This article argues that despite apparently being the most ‘national’ of his novels, Bleak House is actively engaged with mid-nineteenth-century global travel culture and that reading the text through its mobile structures offers a productive framework through which to reconsider the novel's nation-building practices. It explores the relationship between space, mobility, and social relations in the novel, reading Dickens's employment of mobile structures in the text as evidence of a deep anxiety about the preserve of national place in an era of global modernity and revealing the impossibility of denying Britain's inextricable connection to the modern world.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : English
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English
Authors :
Mathieson, CE
Date : 1 November 2012
DOI : 10.1093/english/efs043
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the English Association; all rights reserved. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in English, following peer review. The version of record is available online at:
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Date Deposited : 24 Aug 2016 11:26
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:36

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