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Commodity Culture in Dickens's Household Words: The Social by Catherine Waters

By Catherine Waters

In 1850, Charles Dickens based loved ones phrases, a weekly miscellany meant to tutor and entertain an ever-widening middle-class readership. released within the decade following the good Exhibition of 1851, the magazine seemed at a key second within the emergence of commodity tradition in Victorian England. along the extra recognized fiction that seemed in its pages, Dickens stuffed loved ones phrases with articles approximately a number of commodities-articles that bring up wider questions on how some distance society may still move in allowing humans to shop for and promote items and prone: in different phrases, how a long way the laissez-faire industry should still expand. even as, loved ones phrases used to be itself a commodity. With marketability in actual fact in view, Dickens required articles for his magazine to be 'imaginative,' making use of a mode that critics ever when you consider that have too conveniently brushed aside as mere mannerism. finding the magazine and its certain dealing with of non-fictional prose in terms of different modern periodicals and sorts of print tradition, this e-book demonstrates the position that family phrases particularly, and the Victorian press extra usually, performed in responding to the constructing global of commodities and their intake at midcentury.

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