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

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Further reading
Many of the most important of the numerous studies of Dickens in general and of Great Expectations in particular have already been referred to, but you may also like to consult the following.
Flint, K. (1986) Dickens, Harvester.
A good general study, influenced by Mikhail Bakhtin and emphasizing the importance of Dickens's journalism.
Sadrin, A. (1988) Great Expectations, Unwin Hyman.
The best up-to-date guide to the novel, taking into account recent theoretical developments without being overwhelming.
Self, R. (ed.) (1994) Great Expectations, Macmillan New Casebook.
The best recent critical anthology, with a useful introduction and bibliography, and twelve extracts, of which the most interesting in relation to the discussion here are those by Peter Brooks (from his Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative, Clarendon Press, 1984) and Jeremy Tambling (from his provocative essay, ‘Prison-bound: Dickens and Foucault’, Essays in Criticism, 36 (1986), pp.11–31).