Gift-Giving in the Proper Dickens Spirit


This post has been contributed by Clara Defilippis.   Throughout Little Dorrit, Dickens peppers his narrative with individuals who give and receive favors and gifts. In his treatment of presents and tokens within the novel, Dickens contrasts the prideful and manipulative behavior of Mr. Dorrit...

How Dickens Invented Christmas — and Why it Matters


Professor Goldie Morgentaler recently gave this public lecture on A Christmas Carol at the City Hall in Lethbridge. Her talk lays out the history of A Christmas Carol, which was not intended as a feel-good fairy-tale but as an enraged tirade against the evils of...

Forthcoming article: ‘Names in Dickens: The Trouble with Dombey


NAMES IN DICKENS: THE TROUBLE WITH DOMBEY Stephen B. Dobranski Modern Philology 114.2 (2016), pp. 388–410. Attendees of the 2016 Dickens Universe, which focused on Dombey and Son, may be particularly interested in this forthcoming article by Stephen B. Dobranski: “Critics and readers have long...

Dickensian Afterlives through Adaptation


This post has been contributed by Maureen England. With a topic like Dickens and Adaptation, the annual Dickens Society symposium was sure to include discussions of the myriad ways in which Dickens, his works, and his characters live outside of Dickens’s control and his own...

Adapting Dickens, 11-13 July 2016


The following post provides a summary of the 2016 Dickens Society symposium, Adapting Dickens. Submit your abstract for our 2017 symposium, ‘Interdisciplinary Dickens’, taking place July 14-16 2017  at the College of General Studies, Boston University, here. Contributors: Catherine Quirk, Lydia Craig, Laurie Strickland, Maureen...

Dickens Society Blog: Call for Posts


This month the Dickens Society will be launching the Dickens Society Blog, 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,...