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Publication date: 25 July 2008

David R. Dickens

In this essay I examine a variety of approaches to the contemporary postmodern self. I argue that this diverse literature may be analytically distinguished along two…

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In this essay I examine a variety of approaches to the contemporary postmodern self. I argue that this diverse literature may be analytically distinguished along two general lines. The first concerns institutional or structural claims regarding what a self “is” or “is not.” The second focuses instead on what a self “does” or “does not do.” I conclude by recommending a more comprehensive approach that takes into account the salience of both of these analytical dimensions in the contemporary debates over the postmodern self.

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-1-84663-931-9

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-0-76230-639-8

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Publication date: 18 January 2002

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-0-76230-851-4

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Publication date: 1 January 2000

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-0-76230-639-8

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Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-1-84663-931-9

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Publication date: 24 October 2008

Lottie Alexander

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Reference Reviews, vol. 22 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0950-4125

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Publication date: 9 December 2003

Anna Kaladiouk

The accounts of moral reform that nineteenth-century convicts offered the officials in charge were frequently characterized by such uniformity that it caused Dickens to…

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The accounts of moral reform that nineteenth-century convicts offered the officials in charge were frequently characterized by such uniformity that it caused Dickens to mistrust their sincerity and to brand them scornfully as “pattern penitence.” Unlike Dickens, however, prison officials were more willing to credit the questionable authenticity of “patterned” repentance. The paper argues that rather than an effect of personal gullibility, reformers’ attitudes can be seen as an outcome of specific interpretative strategies which, in turn, constituted a response to several institutional challenges facing the nineteenth-century Penitentiary.

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Punishment, Politics and Culture
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ISBN: 978-0-76231-072-2

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Publication date: 9 April 2018

Gail Longworth and Jerome Carson

The purpose of this paper is to provide a profile of the novelist Charles Dickens.

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a profile of the novelist Charles Dickens.

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Several biographies and articles about the life of Charles Dickens were examined, to see if there was evidence that he experienced mental health problems.

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While Dickens has been acclaimed for his ability to authentically portray the living conditions of the poor in the nineteenth-century Britain, there is comparatively little historical record of the fact that he may have experienced bipolar disorder. This paper suggests that he displayed many of the characteristic symptoms of bipolar.

Research limitations/implications

The story of Dickens’ own childhood is an amazing example of personal resilience. It no doubt enhanced the quality of his writing, but it may also have “sown the seeds” of a later mental illness.

Practical implications

So much attention has been focused on the colourful characters from Dickens’ novels, but little on the problems of the man himself.

Social implications

The story of Charles Dickens is as fascinating as any of the fictional characters he created, if not even more intriguing. His story confirms the link between writers, creativity and mood disorders.

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Given the huge attention and worldwide acclaim paid to the books of Charles Dickens, which have inspired numerous films as well as musicals, it is surprising how little attention has been paid to the author himself and his struggles with mental illness.

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Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 22 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-8308

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Publication date: 6 September 2019

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Space Tourism
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ISBN: 978-1-78973-495-9

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Publication date: 1 May 1972

Muriel Hutton

ONE MUST BEGIN with Dickens. A chapter by Christopher Hibbert in Charles Dickens, 1812–1870: centenary volume, edited by E. W. F. Tomlin, and The London of Charles Dickens

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ONE MUST BEGIN with Dickens. A chapter by Christopher Hibbert in Charles Dickens, 1812–1870: centenary volume, edited by E. W. F. Tomlin, and The London of Charles Dickens, published by London Transport with aid from the Dickens Fellowship, make a similar study here superfluous; both are illustrated, the latter giving instructions for reaching surviving Dickensian buildings. Neither warns the reader of Dickens's conscious and unconscious imaginative distortion, considered in Humphrey House's The Dickens World. Dickens himself imagined Captain Cuttle hiding in Switzerland and Paul Dombey's wild waves saying ‘Paris’; ‘the association between the writing and the place of writing is so curiously strong in my mind.’ Author and character may be in two places at once. ‘I could not listen at my fireside, for five minutes to the outer noises, but it was borne into my ears that I was dead.’ (Our Mutual Friend)

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Library Review, vol. 23 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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