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41st 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 41st annual Dickens Universe.
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Program No. 4650RJ
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7 days
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1,299
California

41st 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 41st annual Dickens Universe.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,299
Program No. 4650RJ

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Jul 24 - Jul 30, 2022
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Jul 24 - Jul 30, 2022
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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 2022, 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!
Activity Level
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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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."
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Jason Rudy is an associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. A member of the Historical Poets Working Group, Jason’s research focuses on English nineteenth-century literature and its circulation around the world, particularly in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Most recently, Jason has authored “Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017) which studies poetry written in colonial spaces by British emigrants.
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Mark Gordon View biography
Mark Gordon, a retired children’s librarian from New York City Public Schools, moved to Santa Cruz in 1992. He has been active in educational work his whole adult life and earned a graduate degree from Pratt Institute in Library Science. In Santa Cruz, in addition to being on the board of the Friends of the Dickens Project, Mark is also a very active board member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Santa Cruz. He is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.
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Ryan Fong is an associate professor of English at Kalamazoo College, where he also directs the Women, Gender and Sexuality Program. He has published articles and short essays in "Victoriographies," "Victorian Literature and Culture," and "Victorian Studies." He is currently at work on a book project about indigeneity and empire in Victorian literature, which has grown out of the keynote lecture he gave on "Dombey and Son" at the 2016 Dickens Universe.
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Brigitte Fielder View biography
Brigitte Fielder is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is co-editor with Jonathan Senchyne of “Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African-American Print.” Her first book — “Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century America” — was published in 2020 by Duke University Press. She is currently working on a book on racialized human-animal relationships in the 19th Century.
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David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens, edited by Jeremy Tambling
We recommend the most recent Penguin edition so that everyone can be "on the same page," but if you already have an edition you enjoy, please bring that.
Iola Leroy or, Shadows Uplifted
by Frances Harper, edited by Koritha Mitchell





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