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The Hostile Urban Space in C. Dickens's Novel “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” and V. Hugo's Novel “Les Misérables ”

Student: Mariia Dolgaleva

Supervisor: Mikhail Sverdlov

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Philology (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2016

The overall goal of this thesis consists in developing the proof of the the initial notion that the urban space of C. Dickens and V. Hugos’s novel is actually hostile. To reach the goal set it seems to be worthwhile to examine the narrative strategies the authors use to create the perception of London and Paris as a hostile urban spaces. It would also be relevant to examine the key figures of the urban space through the history of the 19th century novel and the way they are concerned with the author’s ideas and with the plot. Certain aspects of this thesis, which may not have been throughly covered in the previous studies and include a detailed analysis of several 19th century novels and an examination of the theme of providence which turns to be developed through the city space could add to the related body of research.

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