"The Boys are Pickpockets, and the Girl is a Prostitute": Gender and Juvenile Criminality in Early Victorian England from Oliver Twist to London Labour

  title={"The Boys are Pickpockets, and the Girl is a Prostitute": Gender and Juvenile Criminality in Early Victorian England from Oliver Twist to London Labour},
  author={Larry Wolff},
  journal={New Literary History},
  pages={227 - 249}
  • L. Wolff
  • Published 1 April 1996
  • Art
  • New Literary History
discussion of the representation of the criminal world in Oliver Twist, stressing the "coherence of delinquency, as a structured milieu or network," the "systematic nature of delinquency," the "closed circuit character of delinquency" in Dickens's novel.1 Miller suggests more generally that nineteenth-century omniscient narration allows the author and reader to participate in the detective surveillance of the enclosed criminal world. Yet not everything can be known, at least until the very end… 
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