Fall 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course is a comprehensive survey of Charles Dickens's writings, from early work (Oliver Twist) through his middle period (David Copperfield; Bleak House) to his final decade (Great Expectations). We will focus on aesthetic issues in Dickens's writing (e.g. Realism versus fantasy), the historical reception of his work, and various critical approaches to his writing. Particular attention will be devoted to film adaptations of Dickens's works, as well as recent biographical controversies about his life.
The Old Curiosity Shop
A Christmas Carol
A Tale of Two Cities
Our Mutual Friend
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Major paper; two presentations; short response papers.