“He may just go to the Devil”: The Stormy Collaboration of Dickens and Cruikshank


This post has been contributed by Laurena Tsudama. In a letter to his publisher John Macrone on October 19, 1836, the young author Charles Dickens wrote: “I have long believed Cruikshank to be mad; and his letter therefore, surprises me, not a jot. If you...

Dickens Day 2017


This post has been contributed by Beatrice Ashton-Lelliott, a PhD researcher studying magicians, both fictional and real, and conjuring in the nineteenth century. Find her on Twitter @beeashlell. Saturday 14th October saw a full house gather for the annual Dickens Day conference at Senate House...

Oliver! Captivate Theatre


This post has been contributed by Erin Horáková. Read her previous posts here and here. “Oliver, never before has a boy—“ no, sorry. I have come to review Captivate Theatre’s Edinburgh Fringe production of Oliver! at the Rose Theatre, not to launch into the big...

Dickens for Dinner


This post has been contributed by Erin Horáková. Read her previous post on dogs in David Copperfield, co-written with Molly Katz, here. Shakespeare for Breakfast is a venerable Edinburgh Fringe Festival institution that has been selling out its house for twenty-six seasons and is still...

Interdisciplinary Dickens, 14-16 July 2017


The following post by Chris Dickinson and Laurena Tsudama provides a summary of the 2017 Dickens Society symposium, Interdisciplinary Dickens. Submit your abstract for our 2018 symposium, Dickens and Language, taking place 30 July to 1 August 2018 in Tübingen, here. The 22nd annual Dickens Society...

The Dickensian George Eliot


This post has been contributed by Catherine Quirk. For anyone working in academia as a professor, as a graduate student, or as an unaffiliated researcher, “summer” tends to be a time not of holiday and relaxation but of research and conference travel (recent claims to...

Boz Reinvented: the Many Modern Faces of Charles Dickens


This post has been contributed by Katie Bell, in response to the 22nd annual Dickens Society Symposium, held in Boston, 14-16 July 2017. Read the storify from the conference here: Day One, Day Two, and Day Three. Read her first post for the Dickens Society...

Dickens Society Blog: Call for Posts


The Dickens Society Blog aims at disseminating Dickensian research both amongst the Society’s membership and to the larger academic community. We welcome ongoing submissions from researchers at any career level on any topic relating to Dickens’s life, work, or world – if you would like...

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view”: Adapting Middlemarch in the Information Age


In this post, Emily Bell (@EmilyJLB) interviews Rebecca Shoptaw (@rebecca_ish) about her web series of Middlemarch. The Dickens Project’s annual ‘Dickens Universe’ event will this year be focusing on Middlemarch instead of the usual Dickens novel, breaking with tradition for the first time in its...

Charles Dickens and Barnaby Rudge: The First Description of Williams Syndrome?


This post has been contributed by Darren Eblovi, MD, MPH and Christopher Clardy, MD. In 1961, J.C.P. Williams described four patients with common atypical facial features, heart defects, and intellectual disability. Williams syndrome, as this condition has since been named, is caused by a genetic...