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In telling my own tale of the forger’s fortunes, or misfortunes, in nineteenth-century literature and culture, I have shown how the fiction of the period reveals the growing sense that money is itself bastardized and that the increasing cultural acceptance, thanks to what Dickens identifies as “popular credulity,” of empty forms of value has threatened to transform human identity into a state of permanent disguise. Masquerade is everywhere apparent: in Ruth’s impersonation of a widow, Glyde’s pose as a baronet, Ablewhite’s dark-skinned mask, and, of course, the hideously monstrous disguise of Dr. Jekyll.
KeywordsHuman Identity Cultural Acceptance Modernist Writer Empty Form Military Tactic
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