Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles
Though Dickens' Shakespearean qualities have often been noted, less attention has been paid to the way that Dickens constructed the terms of his comparison to Shakespeare, scripting the response he received from critics from the nineteenth century to the present and shaping Shakespeare's reception as well. Focusing on The Pickwick Papers and David Copperfield in the context of their Victorian reception, this essay shows how Dickens used Shakespearean quotation to market his characters' quotability, turning them into household words and popularizing Shakespeare's sayings in turn, even as he challenged the universality of quotable phrases.
Copyright © 2011 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in ELH, Volume 78, Issue 3, Fall, 2011, pages 533-556.
Dickens and Shakespeare’s household words.
ELH, 2011, volume 78, issue 3, pages 533-556
Pollack-Pelzner, Daniel, "Dickens and Shakespeare’s Household Words" (2011). Faculty Publications. Accepted Version. Submission 58.