"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens

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Romanticism in literature is so natural and possible, because Christmas story appear due to national beliefs spread in different countries, some kind of magic happening at Christmas night. For romanticists, as it is known, orientating in using folklore for material decorated with mystic, dark, ballad tones, Christmas national fantastic had to be quite comprehendible. That is why it is necessary that writers of one nation have to create Christmas stories under the direct influence of literature of another nation.

Difference of styles, an approach to the theme and its development, make us to suppose that there is no interdependence between them. For this reason, we can talk about the realistic type of Christmas stories, close to Charles Dickens on the book of sketches of a great American writer, Washington Irving. Firstly, however, it is important to note that the elucidating basis of Christmas ideology, the talk is not about the concept Christmas of church , but about the religion of the heart , the cult of home preached by Irving and Dickens, true, with sentimental philistine-religious elements, however, not composed integral element of his genre.

K. J. Fielding - Speeches, London, 1960.

pp. 124-127 The book of Washington Irving was written, mainly, about England and became famous due to its London publication in 1820. Five sketches were dedicated to Christmas theme in his book.

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