Fall 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6312 Section 002
R Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Charles Dickens

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.

Required Texts:

Oliver Twist
The Old Curiosity Shop
A Christmas Carol
David Copperfield
Bleak House
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Our Mutual Friend

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Major paper; two presentations; short response papers.

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