The purpose of the Dickens Society is to conduct, further, and support research, publication, instruction, and general interest in the life, times, and literature of Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870).
William Axton, Philip Collins, Paul Davis, Richard Dunn, Donald Erickson, K. J. Fielding, Donald Fanger, Gordon Fleming, George Ford, David Foster, Joseph Gold, Wendell Harris, Bert G. Hornback, Merrit Y. Hughes, Louis James, Edgar Johnson, E. D. H. Johnson, Lauriat Lane, Steven Marcus, R. D. McMaster, Jerome Meckier, J. Hillis Miller, Sylvére Monod, Ada Nisbet, Robert Partlow, Robert Patten, Ladell Payne, E. Pearlman, Edgar Rosenberg, Lance Schachterle, Lionel Stevenson, Michael Slater, Michael Steig, Richard Vogler and George Wing.
The year before, thirty-seven people attending a Dickens Seminar at the 1969 MLA Convention in Denver expressed interest in several issues related to the study of Dickens. On a motion from Edgar Johnson, a panel consisting of Ada Nisbet, Joseph Gold, William Axton and Robert Patten, moderated by Robert Partlow, was elected as an ad hoc planning committee charged to investigate and report on possible future activities of the group. Among the proposals entertained, several came to fruition, including the establishment of a society to encourage and foster the study of Dickens and a newsletter to serve as a forum for exchanging scholarly information. The latter, which took shape as a quarterly newsletter, distributed its first issue in March 1970, edited by Robert Patten and under the auspices of Dickens Studies Annual. On 1 July 1970, The Dickens Society assumed control of the publication and continued henceforth, appearing in March, June, September and December as Dickens Studies Newsletter. In March 1984, a new series took over, when the title changed to Dickens Quarterly. From the beginning of 2015, the publication and distribution of the Dickens Quarterly has been in the hands of Johns Hopkins University Press.
Bert G. Hornback
Joel J. Brattin
Nancy Aycock Metz
Term ending 1 September 2018: Leon Litvack (Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland); Chris Louttit (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands); Goldie Morgentaler (University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada); and Leslie Simon (Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA)
Term ending 1 September 2019: Susan Cook (Southern New Hampshire University); Holly Furneaux (Cardiff University); Juliet John (Royal Holloway, University of London); and Claire Wood (University of Leicester)
Term ending 1 September 2020: Galia Benziman (Open University of Israel); Mariaconcetta Costantini (D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara); Lillian Nayder (Bates College); and Bob Patten (Rice University)
THE DICKENS SOCIETY BYLAWS
(last updated 18 June 2017)
Mission Statement: The purpose of the Dickens Society is to conduct, further, and support research, publication, instruction, and general interest in the life, times, and literature of the late English man of letters Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870).
Bylaws originally adopted 1981.
Amended December 1983 by mail ballot: changed all references (articles 6 and 26) to Dickens Studies Newsletter to Dickens Quarterly
Amended 1986: changed sexist language to be gender inclusive (he became he/she, etc.)
Amended 1 January 2015: outlined new responsibilities for Officers, Board of Trustees, and Executive Committee; changed term length of officers from one to three years and moved start date to beginning of fiscal year; reduced number for a quorum from 30 to 25; and added provision for optional waiver of registration fees for officers without sufficient institutional support.
Amended 18 June 2017: moved the elections of officers and trustees to a secure, online platform and aligned election timing with our fiscal year instead of our annual meeting.
 Conference fees for the annual Dickens Society Symposium may be waived for the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer if such expenses are not covered by his/her home institution, with the stipulation that the fees be waived only if the Society income permits and the Board of Trustees approves.