Oliver Twist: depicting crime and poverty
In Oliver Twist, Dickens paints a vivid picture of London’s criminal underworld, a subject he harnesses both to excite the reader and to explore the effects of social deprivation. Professor John Bowen discusses these themes with reference to Dickens’s original manuscripts.
Contributor: John Bowen
John Bowen is a Professor of 19th century literature at the University of York. His main research area is 19th-century fiction, in particular the work of Charles Dickens, but he has also written on modern poetry and fiction, as well as essays on literary theory.