Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses

The symbol made text: Charles Palliser's postmodernist re-writing of Dickens in The Quincunx

Susana Onega Jaén



Early reviewers of The Quincunx (1989) immediately recognised the novel's striking stylistic and thematic indebtedness to Dickens and to other early Victorian writers, a fact that led them to describe Charles Palliser's first novel as a brilliant attempt to reproduce an early Victorian novel. However, closer examination reveals that The Quincunx is not merely a belated imitation of Victorian fiction, but rather a neatly structured, symbolically complex and highly self-conscious parody of it, in line with other contemporary historiographic metafictions, like The French Lieutenant's Woman or The Name of the Rose, and expresses Palliser's own postmodernist world-view.


Literatura inglesa; Novela; Palliser, Charles; The Quincunx; Dickens, Charles; Influencia; Sociedad victoriana; Posmodernismo


Copyright (c) 1993 Susana Onega Jaén

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