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北京第二外国语学院学报  2020, Vol. 42 Issue (2): 91-103    DOI: 10.12002/j.bisu.277
Dickens and Dandyism: Eugene Wrayburn in Our Mutual Friend
Chen Hui()
English Department, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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关键词: 尤金狄更斯纨绔精神布尔沃•利顿中产阶级文化    

In Our Mutual Friend, Eugene’s identity as a dandy has frequently been misinterpreted or ignored. Through textual analysis and historical exploration of Dickens’s association with Bulwer Lytton in his social life and writing career, the paper discloses Dickens’s partial identification with aristocratic and dandyish culture, which probably accounts for the author’s positive treatment of Eugene as a dandyish gentleman. Eugene demonstrates a dandyish tendency in his witty remarks, calm manner, indolent way of living, and playful attitude toward life and middle class morality. With those dandyish characteristics, Eugene displays different ways of seeing and living, and his deviance from social norms is endowed with cultural significance in accordance with the overall attack on middle-class culture in the novel. Eugene is markedly different from the debauched dandies in Dickens’s prior works. To accept the character of Eugene as a dandy in a favorable light will help readers to discern the complexity of and consistency in the characterization. Dickens’s sympathetic attitude towards dandyism, though much ignored by critics, is displayed fully in this novel.

Key words: Eugene    Dickens    dandyism    Bulwer Lytton    middle-class culture
收稿日期: 2017-11-03 出版日期: 2020-08-14
PACS:  I106  
作者简介: 陈辉,北京大学英语系,100871,研究方向:英美文学。电子邮箱:
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陈辉. 狄更斯与纨绔精神:《我们共同的朋友》中的尤金形象辨析[J]. 北京第二外国语学院学报, 2020, 42(2): 91-103.

Chen Hui. Dickens and Dandyism: Eugene Wrayburn in Our Mutual Friend. Journal of Beijing International Studies University, 2020, 42(2): 91-103.


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