Thackeray's Waterloo: History and War in Vanity Fair

Hammond, Mary (2002). Thackeray's Waterloo: History and War in Vanity Fair. Literature and History, 11(2) pp. 19–38.

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Abstract

This paper examines Thackeray's best-known novel Vanity Fair in the light of mid-19th-Century preoccupations with the Battle of Waterloo as social panacea. It argues that the novel's sophisticated social critique cannot be properly understood without an acknowledgement of the place Waterloo occupied in the national imagination at this time.

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