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Dr. Laura Peters

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719064265

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719064265.001.0001

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1848: Dombey and Son and the difference within

1848: Dombey and Son and the difference within

(p.28) 2 1848: Dombey and Son and the difference within
Dickens and race

Peters Laura

Manchester University Press

Chapter two, entitled ‘Poetry of Science, Dombey and Son and The Difference Within’ considers how Dickens’s ‘Review’ establishes a number of paradigms to which Dickens will return throughout his life. The chapter also explores Dickens’s passion for adventure narratives and their influence on his racial thinking in a further return to Dombey and Son. The chapter reads the problematic portrayal of racial difference embodied by the native and as articulated by Susan Nipper as evidence of the widespread engagement with racial difference, a discourse which knits together the fabric of the narrative. The chapter explores the arrival of the Chinese Junk and the shows of London as evidence of the diversity present within. The Review: The Expedition to the River Niger provides another forum where Dickens can articulate unease with the imperial endeavour.

Keywords:   Dickens, The Poetry of Science, Race, Travel narratives, Empire, Narrative of the Expedition to the River Niger, The Chinese Junk, The Shows of London

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