Eccentricity as Englishness in David Copperfield

  title={Eccentricity as Englishness in David Copperfield},
  author={Julia Frances Saville},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  pages={781 - 797}
  • J. Saville
  • Published 2002
  • Philosophy
  • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
In this age, the mere example of nonconformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigour, and moral… Expand
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