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Volume 1 Issue 4

September 2014

A Reading of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities in Psychoanalytical and Marxist Perspective
Ms. M. L. Eileen Brisha, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Holy Cross College, 
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Today, novel is the dominant literary form, and a serious novelist is automatically regarded as being a serious artist. Throughout the eighteenth century, novel was regarded by critics and reviewers as an underdeveloped genre, not really worthy of being considered as art at all. The rise of the novel, in both popularity and esteem, during the nineteenth century was largely owing to the success of two novelists: Sir Walter Scott and Charles Dickens, whose enormous success penetrated to all levels of society, raised him from obscure to a high stature among the eminent Victorians. The present paper analyses, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens in the light of Marxism and Psychoanalysis.
Keywords
Charles Dickens; A Tale of Two Cities; Repression; Transference; Regression; Displacement; Sublimation; Screen Memory; Collective Unconscious; Self; Shadow; Anima; Animus; Base; Superstructure; False Consciousness; Capitalism; Socialism.
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