Weather in Bleak House is a representational locus for Charles Dickens’s bleak environmentalism: my term for his concern with the body’s porous receptivity to physical and political environments that restrict individual agency. Situating the novel in relation to Victorian meteorology and chemistry, I suggest these scientific contexts scaffolded Dickens’s critique of legal institutions that systemically weather human life, helping him make visible the material impact of bureaucratic biopolitics.

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Texas Studies in Literature and Language

Texas Studies in Literature and Language

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Print ISSN: 0040-4691 Online ISSN: 1534-7303

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