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By J. Tambling

In an intensive reassessment of 1 of the best writers of all time, Dickens, Violence and the trendy country attracts at the theories of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, as well as Julia Kristeva and Edward acknowledged, to situate Dickens in the discourses circulating inside his society - specifically these linked to modernity. Focussing on Dickens's novels written after 1848, his courting to modernity might be visible in his therapy of violence, obvious in types in his writing: that of the nation (in the rationalising powers of Victorian bourgeois modernisation), and actual violence, as portrayed in Dickens's criminals and curiosity in masochism and corpses.

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348) that the United States stands for, as Martin Chuzzlewit is told, is 'man' as Foucault sees 'him' being formulated and given definition at the end of the eighteenth century, as part of the discourse of Romanticism and as part of the sciences of man that by giving such a full description to which 'he' must conform impose a known identity, which is also a carceral condition. 535-6). The accusation is that Americans have lost 'the natural politeness of a savage, and that instinctive good-breeding which admonishes one man not to offend and disgust another'.

He is 'performing a jig of anxiety under a lamp-post [suggestive of the gallows] and accompanying himself, in a sort of frenzy, with the words, "Oh Jaggerth, Jaggerth, Jaggerth! 165). 'Cagmag' means offal, and can be used negatively of a person. e. 166-7) and dancing in frenzy. Orlick dances at Biddy; dancing also suggests the fate of the person strung up. Jiggers, jaggers and cagmaggers all come together here in a virtual interchangeability of names and stations - where only bribe-money distinguishes offal from value, where the Jew and Orlick both represent marginalised types, where Jaggers's status is only so exalted because he has been bought up, certainly having nothing to do with abstract notions of justice or worth.

Before that, it would be an act breaking down the idea of human singularity. The prison also has to do with Dickens's registering of the prison being bound up with questions of language and the control of language - which, of course, entails ways of thinking, a whole discourse, and implies as a consequence the modernism of the book's form. Thus in opposition to the modernity that permits the Panopticon, there is a textual modernity of attitude which means that its parabolic narrative is open-ended; that the title hints at the space within it for the reader to construct his/her own sense of 24 Dickens, Violence and the Modem State how to take it; that, unlike the warder at the heart of the Panopticon, the author is not felt to be directing and encouraging a labelling; that the text resists single meaning.

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