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Updated Up To 26/06/2018
Volume 9, Issue 2 (June 2011) : 379-90
Physiognomy and the Reading of Character in Our Mutual Friend

Angelika Zirker
Rubric A: Narrative as a Way of Thinking
Rubric B: Dickens



In Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens uses physiognomy as an indirect way of portraying characters that observe their fellow-characters rather than as a direct means of portraying the characters observed. This reading of faces often constitutes misinterpretation: Dickens links Our Mutual Friend to the issue of reading itself, providing models of reader response. Misreadings thus become morally and aesthetically relevant to the overall structure and effect of the novel.

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