Tag: Charles Dickens


“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...

Article in Progress: “Then, I go among the Germans”: Klein Dorrit (1934)


This post has been contributed by Andrea Schmidt, who is currently a Visiting Instructor of German at Willamette University. She has research interests in nineteenth century British/German literatures and contemporary film.  In an era of rising nationalism, a Czech born director brought an adaptation of...

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,...

Victorian Passions: An Exhibition and Symposium Honoring The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection at the University of Delaware Library


Starting 14 February, when walking up to the second floor of the University of Delaware’s Morris Library you will encounter a Kelmscott Chaucer; the copy of The Stones of Venice Ruskin gave to Thomas Carlyle; Anthony Trollope’s copy of Forster’s The Life of Charles Dickens;...

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...

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...