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Approaching literature: reading Great Expectations
Approaching literature: reading Great Expectations

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This course was written by Professor Dennis Walder.

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Van Ghent, D. ‘On Great Expectations, contained in novel: Form and Function, Harper & Row, pp128-38 (first published 1953)

This chapter – Reading Great Expectations by Dennis Walder must be kept in context at all times in order to benefit from the critique provided by the author.

This chapter is contained in Approaching Literature The Realist Novel (ed Dennis Walder) pp 135-165, published by Routledge in association with The Open University. Copyright © 1995 The Open University.

Said, E. W., ‘Culture and imperialism’ contained in Culture & Imperialism, Vintage, ppxiv-xvii, 73-5, 77-8 (first published 1993)

Figure 1 Still from the Cineguild film production of Great Expectations 1946, directed by David Lean, with Anthony Wager as Pip, Finlay Currie as Abel Magwitch. Photograph by courtesy of the Ronald Grant Archive

Figure 2 All The Year Round, vol. IV, no.84, 1 December 1860, p.l. The first page of Great Expectations as it first appeared. British Library PP.600.4.g, reproduced with permission of the British Library Board.

Figure 3 Prison hulk at Deptford, engraving by George cook after Samuel Prout 1826. Photo: Mary Evans Picture Library

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