Dickens and the dream of cinema

By Grahame Smith

Dickens and the dream of cinema

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5563-8
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: September 2013
  • BIC Category: Literature, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literature: history & criticism, Film history, theory & criticism, Ireland, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, The arts / Film theory & criticism


An original blending of literary and film studies which seeks to dissolve barriers between the two disciplines. Offers a new reading of Dickens from the perspective of film, technology and visuality. Proposes a new reading of the emergence of film in the light of social and industrial transformations. Suggests that Dickens was one of the forces which contributed to the appearance of film towards the end of the nineteenth century.


Grahame Smith is Professor (Emeritus) of English Studies at the University of Stirling


1. Exploratory
2. Machines and things: seeing and being seen
3. Explanation
4. A tale of two cities: Paris as panorama/ London as labyrinth
5. The magic carpet of technology
6. Dickens, theatre and spectacle
7. Adaptation
8. Novel into film: the case of 'Little Dorrit'
9. Language and form
A Dream Epilogue Charles Dickens and Orson Welles
Select bibliography

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