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Compare also two slang terms: 'Jock Gaggers,' nineteenth-century 'Flash' for men who lived on wives or whores, and Hotten's 'JAGGER,a gentleman ...'" Outre cette etymologie detaillee, que sauront apprecier meme les anglophones, on peut evoquer les appendices, les index, les cartes, les illustrations et la bibliographie qui sont de toute premiere qualite et aident le lecteur a naviguer aisement a travers le livre. Here almost the entire effort is to situate us in the world of the earliest readers of Great Expectations in order to "restore some sense of how it might have been read in Dickens's time" (p. Reading in this manner (although I have reservations about this) may best facilitate an apprehension of the truth of the story.
THE WORLD OF PIP Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, A Norton Critical Edition, Ed. To reconstruct that historical reality, Paroissien doubles or trebles, beyond Rosenberg's practice, the number of items from the text to receive long annotating commentary.
We are shown it directly: written about an earlier period and addressed to its time.
The main aim of the 'Companions' series to Dickens novels (formerly published by Unwin Hyman) is to provide much more detailed factual and discursive annotations to the texts of Dickens's fifteen novels than traditional editions usually provide, and Paroissien's knowledgeable commentary (over 400 pages of it) achieves this admirably.
Rosenberg has noticed, for example, that at the real historical moment Pip, Herbert and Startop would have been arrested, tried and condemned to prison terms as "accessories after the fact" of Magwitch's crime (p. And in another discussion of the novel's chronology, which gives credit to Rosenberg and others and is reprinted in the Norton edition, Anny Sadrin also finds some "inconsistency", though it is not very serious: "the time-frame [...] is narrower than one would like it to be" (p. Building on her evidence, Paroissien seems then to succeed more fully in the elaboration of a coherent time-frame.
The result manifests a "compromise between the inventive requirements of the novelist and those of the journalist committed to reportage" (p. The blending of "fiction and reality" occurs especially in the invention of "plausible but imaginary names beyond the reach of the most determined source hunter" (440).
Besides recovering the spatial features of Dickens's world, Paroissien has worked valiantly to reconstruct the temporal dimension.
David Paroissien, editeur du Dickens Quarterly et de la serie "The Dickens Companions", nous offre, a la suite de son Companion to Oliver Twist, un travail remarquable sur Great Expectations.
II aura sa place comme /uvre de reference indispensable a toute etude approfondie du roman, qu'elle soit linguistique, post-structuraliste ou histonque, dans les bibliographies dignes de ce nom. Se manifestent une erudition minutieuse ainsi qu'une large panoplie d'approches critiques victorianistes.