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Dickens and the Business of Death


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Charles Dickens is famous for his deathbed scenes, but these have rarely been examined within the context of his ambivalence towards the Victorian commodification of death. Dickens repeatedly criticised ostentatious funeral and mourning customs, and asserted the harmful consequences of treating the corpse as an object of speculation rather than sympathy. At the same time, he was fascinated by those who made a living from death and recognised that his authorial profits implicated him in the same trade. This book explores how ...

Dickens and the Business of Death 2017, Cambridge University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9781107491557

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Dickens and the Business of Death 2015, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107098633