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IdiocyA Cultural History$
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Patrick McDonagh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310959

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315367

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Barnaby Rudge, idiocy and paternalism: assisting the ‘poor idiot’

Barnaby Rudge, idiocy and paternalism: assisting the ‘poor idiot’

(p.170) Chapter 8 Barnaby Rudge, idiocy and paternalism: assisting the ‘poor idiot’
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The analysis in this chapter centres on England in 1841, the Chartist movement, and Charles Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge. It explores the relations between working-class agitation, political reforms, the debate over paternalism, and the shifting understanding of the idea of idiocy amid all this social turmoil.

Keywords:   Chartist movement, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, working-class agitation, political reforms, paternalism, idiocy

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