40th Annual Dickens Universe: David Copperfield & Iola Leroy

Immerse yourself in the world of 19th-Century literature and learn about the authors through lectures, group discussions, and Victorian events at the 40th annual Dickens Universe.
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Program No. 4650RJ
7 days
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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 2020, the Dickens Universe will pair one of the best-known novels of Dickens, 'David Copperfield,' with the most famous of all nineteenth-century African-American novels, Frances E. W. Harper’s 'Iola Leroy'. Reflections on how personal histories of coming of age play out through and against the mysteries and brutalities of history; confrontations with the claims of familial and community loyalties, as these come to be fractured, exposed, and reconfigured: through these and other ways of reading, Universe participants will explore what happens when the novels of these two extraordinary novelists, reformers, orators, poets, and journalists are brought into conversation. The festive week-long program includes lectures by distinguished scholars, small seminars, films, teas, and Victorian dancing. Enrollment is limited. Register early!
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On Your Feet
Walking up to a mile or more each day on a hilly terrain between apartment, dining facilities and lecture rooms. Classrooms, dining and lecture halls are all accessible via ramps or elevators. The apartments are not equipped with elevators.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore 'David Copperfield' and 'Iola Leroy' 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.
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John O. Jordan
John Jordan is a research professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the director of The Dickens Project. His primary research interests include Victorian literature and culture, Charles Dickens and narrative theory. John is the author of "Supposing Bleak House" and co-editor, with Robert Patten and Catherine Waters, of the "Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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