'It's the old story': David and Uriah in II Samuel and David Copperfield: David and Uriah in II Samuel and David copperfield

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Abstract

Reading the David--Uriah plot in Dickens's "David Copperfield" against the original story in the Bible (11 Samuel), this essay demonstrates that by deviating knowingly from the scriptural account, Dickens was able to circumvent Copperfield's first-person narration and offer a darker, more critical assessment of his protagonist's "Bildungsroman". That Dickens was indeed relying on this intertextuality to achieve an effect of irony is suggested by another subversive re-enactment of the David--Uriah--Bathsheba triangle in the novel--namely, the troubled relationship between Doctor Strong, his wife Annie, and Jack Maldon.

Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)957-965
Number of pages9
JournalModern Language Review
Volume101
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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