Dickens and the uses of the imagination

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dc.contributor.advisor MacDougall, James K. en_US
dc.contributor.author Parsons, Sandra S. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:32:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:32:14Z
dc.date.created 1978 en_US
dc.date.issued 1978
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1978 .P37 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/181771
dc.description.abstract Charles Dickens owes his success as a novelist to his imagination. Therefore, his attitude toward imagination is of interest. One way of determining his attitude toward imagination is to examine the characters that have imaginations.There are several characters in Dickens' works that misuse their imaginations. Initially Dickens regards these characters leniently. Eventually, however, he regards them harshly. He dwells on the damage caused by the misdirection of their imaginations.Many of the other characters who are imaginative are children or childlike adults. Dickens treats them sentimentally. This tendency to sentimentalize such characters continues throughout Dickens' career. However, with certain characters he does seem to try to correct this tendency.Finally in his last complete novel, Our Mutual_ Friend, he treats Jenny Wren, a character who uses her imagination a positive way, realistically. She represents the final development of his attitudes on imagination.
dc.format.extent ii, 110 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.other Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Criticism and interpretation. en_US
dc.subject.other Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Characters. en_US
dc.title Dickens and the uses of the imagination en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/225503 en_US


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