I've just come across Jonathan Arac's essay on 'The Struggle for the Cultural Heritage: Christina Stead Refunctions Charles Dickens and Mark Twain' in Cultural Critique <http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journalCode=culturalcritiqu e> , No. 2 (Winter, 1985-1986), pp. 171-189. Arac is always is worth reading, here on the way Christina Stead's novel of 1940, The Man Who Loved Children, 'takes two cultural treasures of Popular Front leftist humanism, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain, and shatters them as false idols, even while finding within their works resources that make her own work possible.' I send this information to the Forum, as I had not previously come across mention of this essay and thought others might be in a similar position. Cheers. Pete (Messent) This message has been checked for viruses but the contents of an attachment may still contain software viruses which could damage your computer system: you are advised to perform your own checks. Email communications with the University of Nottingham may be monitored as permitted by UK legislation.