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...

“The Objectionable Dog”: Dog and Master as Metaphor in Little Dorrit


This post has been contributed by Clara Defilippis. Read her first post for the Dickens Society blog, ‘Gift-Giving in the Proper Dickens Spirit’, here. You can also read Molly Katz and Erin Horáková’s post about dogs in David Copperfield here. A flurry of short encounters...

Using the Whole Animal: Domestic Economy in The Charles Dickens Cookbook


This post has been contributed by Christian Dickinson.   In 1980, Brenda Marshall brought out The Charles Dickens Cookbook, a text which features a brilliantly eclectic mix of dishes and recipes from the mid-Victorian Era, based on the writings of the Inimitable himself. In the...

“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 Society Blog: Call for Posts


The Dickens Society blog is aimed 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...