Case of the Initial Letter: Charles Dickens and the Politics of the Dual Alphabet [Kõva köide]

  • Formaat: Hardback, 184 pages, kõrgus x laius: 216x138 mm, 16 black & white illustrations
  • Sari: Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century
  • Ilmumisaeg: 20-Jul-2020
  • Kirjastus: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN-10: 1526146290
  • ISBN-13: 9781526146298
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  • Formaat: Hardback, 184 pages, kõrgus x laius: 216x138 mm, 16 black & white illustrations
  • Sari: Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century
  • Ilmumisaeg: 20-Jul-2020
  • Kirjastus: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN-10: 1526146290
  • ISBN-13: 9781526146298
The book analyses attempts by Dickens and other nineteenth-century writers to challenge established ways of using the distinction between upper and lower case letters, in the interests of a wider radicalism. It discusses Dickens’s satire - on ‘Shares’ in Our Mutual Friend, on Paul Dombey’s position as the ‘Son’ of Dombey and Son - alongside the proto-modernist typography of suffragist poet Augusta Webster and the work of Marx’s translators transforming German conventions of capitalisation into English under the influence of Dickens and Carlyle. Placing these innovations within the history of the dual alphabet from its invention by Carolingian scribes to its rejection by modernist poets and the Bauhaus printers, the book tracks the dual alphabet through Dickens’s manuscripts, corrected proofs, and the ‘prompt copies’ for his public Readings, highlighting distinct ways in which writing, printing and speech produce meaning.

Tracing the dual alphabet from its intervention by Carolingian scribes to its rejection by modernist poets and the Bauhaus printers, Edwards shows how Charles Dickens and other nineteenth century writers used the distinction between upper and lower case letters in unconventional ways and in the interests of a wider radicalism.
1 Introduction: The case of the initial letter 2 Typographic leveling in an age of revolution 3 The Land of Liberty 4 Dombey - and Son - and Daughter 5 People, things, and abstractions 6 Print capitalism 7 Freedom, Equality, Property and Bentham 8 Writin'large 9 PIP and D O C T O R M A R I G O L D 10 Dickens, the suffragists and proto-modernism Bibliography Index -- .
Gavin Edwards is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of South Wales -- .

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