Herbert Foltinek: Imagination All Compact: How Did Charles Dickens Compose His Novels? (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, Sitzungsberichte, 733: Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Literaturwissenschaft, 25).
At the end of Shakespeares Midsummer Nights Dream, Theseus offers a brief description of poetic practice: The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact / ... / And as imagination bodies forth / The forms of things unknown, the poets pen / Turns them to shapes (V.i); compact meaning made up or composed. Theseus supplies one of two approaches in Herbert Foltineks investigation of Dickenss narrative technique, the excess of imagination. The other approach is artistic control; Foltinek finds this conventional, orderly compositional mode often to be at odds with imaginative exuberance.