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Commodity Culture in Dickens’s "Household Words": The Social Life of Goods

Waters, Catherine (2008) Commodity Culture in Dickens’s "Household Words": The Social Life of Goods. The Nineteenth Century Series . Ashgate Publishing Group, Aldershot, 200 pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-5578-7. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:40670)

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Abstract

In 1850, Charles Dickens founded - Household Words, a weekly miscellany intended to instruct and entertain an ever-widening middle-class readership. Published in the decade following the Great Exhibition of 1851, the journal appeared at a key moment in the emergence of commodity culture in Victorian England. Alongside the more well-known fiction that appeared in its pages, Dickens filled 'Household Words' with articles about various commodities-articles that raise wider questions about how far society should go in permitting people to buy and sell goods and services: in other words, how far the laissez-faire market should extend.At the same time, 'Household Words' was itself a commodity. With marketability clearly in view, Dickens required articles for his journal to be 'imaginative,' employing a style that critics ever since have too readily dismissed as mere mannerism. Locating the journal and its distinctive handling of non-fictional prose in relation to other contemporary periodicals and forms of print culture, this book demonstrates the role that 'Household Words' in particular, and the Victorian press more generally, played in responding to the developing world of commodities and their consumption at mid-century.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PE English philology and language
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40670 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Waters, Catherine: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7622-4188
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