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L'objet dickensien, entre profusion et vide : étude de l'objet dans David Copperfield, Bleak House et Great Expectations

Abstract : Caught in the machinery of the Industrial Revolution, the Dickensian object is synonymous of abundance. This profusion of objects – be they tangible or diegetic – allows the text to give way to all excess, and lends itself to the play of collection and lists, both dearly appreciated by Dickens. The objects blaze with unthought-of possibilities, disrupt the pre-established order, and come to supersede the characters, themselves often relegated in the background. The narration, albeit realist, isinlaid with supernatural interpolations, thus making an oath of allegiance either to excess and order, the second deriving from the first. Both these extremes work towards reconciliation as tolls the bell of the object's pre-eminence, and as a transition takes place from the fairy-tale euphoria to the fantastic dysphoria. Therefore, the text brings its relation to the object back to normal and relieves itself from the weight of a subversive overflow. Enmeshed in the diluvian wave which sweeps aside this unconventional overabundance, the object disintegrates. This work on three Dickensian novels thus offers to study the subtle transition from the abundance of objects to the sublimation of the void
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Anne-Gaëlle Fayemi Fayemi-Wiesebron. L'objet dickensien, entre profusion et vide : étude de l'objet dans David Copperfield, Bleak House et Great Expectations. Littératures. Université Rennes 2, 2012. Français. ⟨NNT : 2012REN20039⟩. ⟨tel-00753707⟩

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