A Tale of Two Cities has always been one of Dickens's most popular texts. Using a variety of disciplinary approaches, this new collection of essays examines the origins of Dickens vision of the French Revolution, the literary power of the text itself, and its enduring place in British culture through stage and screen adaptations.
A Tale of Two Cities has always been one of Dickens's most popular and best-loved novels. Its interpretation of the French Revolution has strongly shaped British views of national identity and political legitimacy. At the same time, it offers a powerful melodramatic plot pitting private individuals against political systems. This interdisciplinary volume examines the novel's enduring appeal, tracing the origins of its account of the French Revolution, offering new readings of it as a sophisticated fiction in its own right, and exploring its reinvention for stage and cinema over the century and a half since its publication. Contributions from literary studies, political history, the history of ideas and the history of film make this volume a multi-faceted reevaluation of a significant work in English politics and culture.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors List of Abbreviations Introduction: A Tale of Two Cities in Context; C.Jones, J.McDonagh M.Philp The Redemptive Powers of Violence? Carlyle, Marx and Dickens; G.Stedman Jones A Genealogy of Dr Manette; K.Baker From the Old Bailey to Revolutionary France: The Trials of Charles Darnay; S.Ledger Face Value in A Tale of Two Cities; K.Elliot Counting on: A Tale of Two Cities; J.Bowen Mimi and the Matinee Idol: Martin-Harvey, Sydney Carton, and the Staging of A Tale of Two Cities, 1860-1939; J.Marsh Sanguine Mirages, Cinematic Dreams: Things Seen and Things Imagined in the 1917 Fox Feature Film A Tale of Two Cities; J.Buchanan with A.Newhouse Two Cities, Two Films; C.Barr Afterword; M.Wood Bibliography Index