Tag: A Christmas Carol


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...

Man and Meat: A Christmas Carol’s Cannibalistic Menace in Historical Perspective


This post has been contributed by Lydia Craig. First the villain and then the hero of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (1843), the cold-hearted and wealthy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge initially refuses to empathize with or financially contribute towards the nourishment of London’s poor until bullied,...

The Man Who Invented Christmas to Become a Feature Film


This post has been contributed by Gina Dalfonzo. In 2011, historian and author Les Standiford published The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. The book was an insightful, very thorough exploration of the...

Past, Present, and Future: The Dickensian (Christmas) Spirit


This post has been contributed by Catherine Quirk. In The Lives and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge (1990), Paul Davis argues that A Christmas Carol adapts itself to each historical era; that is, since its publication subsequent generations of readers, play-goers, listeners, and viewers have been...

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...