Dickens is very much a satirist and a comic entertainer

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Unformatted text preview: Dickens is very much a satirist and a comic entertainer, and very little of a depth-hunting "psychologist" with literary talent. Twentieth-century "psychological" novelists (for example, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, May Sinclair) go minutely into the details of their characters' inner lives. Inwardness, in its wide range of sensations, formed and half-formed thoughts and feelings, transient images, and quickly changing shades of mood, is offered in all its concreteness or particularity. This is a sort of "realism" — psychological realism — and its writers give us the sense that they are trying not only to be "real," to "tell it like it is" without tidying or censoring, but also complete, as if they were scientists or clinicians attempting to construct a complete as well as a thoroughly accurate report. Such a method, despite its validity and success — it has produced a vast body of work, some of it...
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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