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37th Annual Dickens Universe: ‘Middlemarch’
Immerse yourself in the world of George Eliot and learn about the author’s life and work through lectures, group discussions and Victorian events at the 37th annual Dickens Universe.
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Program No. 4650RJ
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At a Glance

The Dickens Universe is an annual gathering of scholars, teachers, and members of the general public who share a love of Dickens’s novels and his era. In 2017, in a departure from its usual focus on Dickens, the Universe will feature George Eliot’s “Middlemarch.” One of the great realist novels of the Victorian period, “Middlemarch” offers a complex analysis of English provincial society on the eve of the Reform Bill of 1832. In addition to its subtle depiction of marriage and the condition of women, “Middlemarch” explores the potential for, as well as the resistance to, social change in both public and private life. Intricately plotted and notable for the wisdom of its narrative voice, the novel displays a broad social vision and remarkable psychological insight. The festive week-long program includes lectures by distinguished scholars, small seminars, films, teas, and Victorian dancing. Enrollment is limited. Register early!
Activity Level
Walking up to a mile around campus throughout the day between apartment, dining facilities and lecture rooms. Classrooms, dining and lecture halls are all accessible via ramps or elevators.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore “Middlemarch” in small discussion groups and lectures by distinguished international faculty.
  • Enjoy afternoon tea served by the Friends of the Dickens Project.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of Dickens at a grand party and an evening of Victorian dancing.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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John O. Jordan
John Jordan has been the eirector of the Dickens Project at UCSC since 1986, taking over from Murray Baumgarten. Although John retired from teaching in July 2013, he promises to continue as director, saying, "Why stop doing something that's so much fun?" He is the editor of the “Cambridge Companion to Dickens” and co-editor of “Approaches to Teaching Bleak House.” He most recently authored “Supposing Bleak House” and is considering a book about David Copperfield.
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