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Oliver Twist and Eliot

Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent" is summarized. Oliver Twist and its placement in the canon is also argued.

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First, as you explicate Eliot's text, please note how he focuses on "the historical sense." Eliot maintains that longevity is important when considering canonization. Since Oliver Twist definitely represents endurance and timelessness, this novel definitely warrants consideration within the literary canon. Eliot further clarifies that "historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence." When looking at Oliver Twist, this notion of presence is definitely implicit.

As you link Eliot's arguments to the Dickens' novel, you might want to correlate this notion of historical sense. Dickens definitely adheres to Eliot's notion of historical transcendence as he writes "not merely with his own generation in his bones, but with a feeling that the whole of the literature of Europe from ...

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The placement of Twist in the canon is debated.