Dickens and Animals


“Take Care of Him. He Bites”: Dogs in David Copperfield


This post has been contributed by Molly Katz and Erin Horáková. David Copperfield’s idyllic childhood is marked by the absence of dogs. He is brought into the world by Dr. Chillip, “the meekest of his sex, the mildest of little men…he hadn’t a word to...

Dickens and Dog-Drama: the Walworth Dog meets the Uncommercial Traveller


This post has been contributed by Dr Ann Featherstone (University of Manchester). Dickens is well-known for his love of theatre, whether it was Christmas treats at Drury Lane or a bloody melodrama at the Victoria Theatre in the New Cut. But in the guise of...

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Dickens and the Underdog


This post has been contributed by Catherine Burgass, a Lecturer and Honorary Research Fellow at Staffordshire University with a specialism in local literary studies. She also teaches at Keele University Continuing Education. The use of animal metaphors for mechanical or human subjects is a common...