Little Dorrit’s Fourth Volume. Twenty-first Century Remediation of a Victorian Classic

  • Simonetta Falchi Università degli Studi di Sassari
Keywords: Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens, Remediation, fan fiction, period drama


The current interest in the Victorian period is particularly evident in the multitude of successful period dramas and cinema productions deriving their inspiration from Victorian history and culture. Dickens’s Little Dorrit, generated by the difficulties of understanding a ‘new’ world dominated by more and more complicated machines, and markets, is possibly the ideal paradigm to explore this ‘Victorianomania’ because this novel strikes us “no less forcefully today in its indictment of society's ability to destroy through greed and crushing self-interest” (Kirschner 2009).

This study carries out a threefold analysis of Little Dorrit's remediation in the twenty-first century: visual remediation – Xue’s 2012 Little Dorrit; audio-visual remediation – the BBC series; and web remediation – fan fiction – in order to investigate Dickens’s appeal and longevity in contemporary media.


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Author Biography

Simonetta Falchi, Università degli Studi di Sassari

<p>Dr. Simonetta Falchi (PhD) is currently a Researcher of English and American Studies at the University of Sassari, Sardinia. In 2008-2009 she was academic visitor at the University of Cambridge (Faculty of English and Lucy Cavendish College). She has helped as a member of the editorial board with the journal of English Studies <i>The Grove</i> (University of Jaen) and with the cross-cultural journal <i>Annali della Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere</i> (University of Sassari). Her main research interest is the reception of myth in the broader sense, including classical, para-biblical and literary myths; she also deals with the intertwining between culture and technology, especially with regards to the contemporary remediation of Victorian literature. </p>


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How to Cite
Falchi, S. (2014). <i>Little Dorrit</i&gt;’s Fourth Volume. Twenty-first Century Remediation of a Victorian Classic. Between, 4(8).
Intermediality, Transmediality, Fanfiction