THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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David Copperfield
By Charles Dickens

An essay by Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay looking at the form and function of language in David Copperfield, particularly how Dickens uses language as a tool for retrospection and characterization.
An essay by Clare Pettitt of King's College exploring social, cultural and historical meaning in Dickens' text, as well as "associationist" reading and "thing theory" through an examination of Peggotty's workbox.
A paper by Adam McCune of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which investigates how the themes of idleness and parasitism are juxtaposed with labour and hard work in the novel, with especial attention to the characters of Jack Maldon, Tommy and Sophy Traddles, and Caroline Crewler.
A paper by Margaret Price which examines the character of the hero's aunt, Betsey Trotwood, in Dickens's celebrated semi-autobiographical novel. Price focuses in particular on the notion of the 'masculine female'.
An academic article by George R. Clay challenging the views E.M. Forster expresses in his Aspects of the Novel regarding the role of "flat characterization". Clay looks at the roles of several 'flat characters' in this novel, as well as Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Tolstoy's War and Peace.