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date: 20 October 2019

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The last twenty-five years have seen a growing attention to the relation between the novel and the professions, so much so that one can now identify a subgenre in literary critical work. This chapter gives an overview of this body of work and relates it to more general developments in literary criticism during the same years. It then concludes with a reading of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities in order to illustrate how the Victorian novel participated in the creating the conditions for the emergence of the professional class in the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Victorian, Professional, Expert, Disinterest, Service, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Middle Class

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