ENG 661: Charles Dickens
Jane Smiley says that “to read a Dickens novel is to be plunged into the mind of a man with few or no boundaries, and to experience an empathy so exhilarating that the man or woman (or boy or girl) of the 21st century honestly believes that he or she is sensing and understanding the bustling world of the 19th century.” This course will explore and analyze the novels of the second half of Dickens’ life, and will include screenings of several film adaptations, Jane Smiley’s very readable biography of Dickens, and assorted critical pieces about Dickens’ life and art.
Novels we will read (and/or watch as film adaptations) include:
A Tale of Two Cities
Our Mutual Friend