I need help finding a scholarly article (written by a Dickens scholar and peer edited) which discusses Oliver Twist and how Dickens deals with cruelty and brutality. I am specifically looking for...

I need help finding a scholarly article (written by a Dickens scholar and peer edited) which discusses Oliver Twist and how Dickens deals with cruelty and brutality. I am specifically looking for discussions of cruelty related to Mrs.Mann, Monks, or Artful Dodger. I currently have 3 and require 1 more. The 3 I have are as follows:

http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/diniejko.html

http://adc.bmj.com/content/85/6/504.full.pdf+html

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/jeunesse/summary/v002/2.2.gibson.html

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Stephen Holliday | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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There are several articles below that either address cruelty with respect to specific characters in Oliver Twist (1837-39) or discuss the brutalization of the poor by the society at large, a theme that Dickens explores in many of his novels.  Oliver Twist, although a popular novel, is arguably not Dickens most skillful novel, but, at the same time, its focus on the brutalization of the poor signals that Dickens is turning his attention to societal problems on a grand scale.

Your sources above, as you are probably aware, are not in appropriate Modern Language Association format and will need to be revised for your "Works Cited" page (I am assuming your paper needs to follow MLA format).  If you need guidance for formatting issues, I suggest you go to Purdue's Online Writing Lab, which has a thorough section on MLA and APA formattiing (just do a search for "Purdue OWL").

What follows is a list of potential sources for discussions of cruelty in Oliver Twist and discussions of Dickens' view of brutality in 19thC. England.  I realize you are looking only for articles, but the fact is, particularly strong discussions of this theme are in books:

Federico, Annette. "The Violent Deaths of Oliver Twist." Papers on Language and Literature.  47: 4 (Fall 2011), 363-85.  Print.

Bayley, John.  "Oliver Twist: 'Things as they Really Are.'" Dickens and the Twentieth Century.  Ed. John Gross and Gabriel Pearson.  London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. 1962. 49-64. Print.

Carey, John.  The Violent Effigy: A Study of Dickens' Imagination.  London: Faber and Faber. 1973. Print.

Boehme, Katharine. "Conceptualizing Cruelty to Children in Nineteenth-Century England: Literature, Representation, and the NPCC." Dickens Quarterly. 27:3 (2010), 236-38. Print

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