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Annual Dickens Universe: A Conference of 19th Century Literature

Program No. 4650RJ
Immerse yourself in the world of 19th-Century literature and learn about the authors through lectures, group discussions, and Victorian events at the annual Dickens Universe.
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,299

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DATES & starting prices
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Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2023
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1,299
Itinerary Note

42nd Annual Dickens Universe will feature 'A Tale of Two Cities'.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2023
Starting at
1,399
Itinerary Note

42nd Annual Dickens Universe will feature 'A Tale of Two Cities'.

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. 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 the novel 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, 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 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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A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens, edited by Richard Maxwell
We recommend the most recent Penguin Classics edition so that everyone can be “on the same page,” but if you already have an edition you enjoy, please bring that.
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Registration, RS event, dinner. Evening lecture, then film.
Santa Cruz, CA
D
Cowell and Stevenson Colleges-UCSC

Activity note: Registration at Cowell and Stevenson Colleges. Temporary parking is available for registration, then your car must be moved to a Conference lot. Assistance is available for those needing help with luggage. Apartments do not have elevators.The Dickens Universe is different in that you will be attending a conference that includes other members of the general public, academics, and students from UCSC. We don't set you apart as a group and you attend the activities with the other participants.

Afternoon: Registration 2-4 p.m. Welcome and Orientation 4:15 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner 6:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m. All meals are cafeteria-style at the nearby Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall. Menu items change daily, but there is always a variety of vegetarian items, including a salad bar. There is also the ever-popular soft-serve ice cream.

Evening: Post-Prandial Potations 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.; Lecture 7:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Film screening 9:15 p.m.-11:15 p.m.

DAY
2
Full day of lectures. Sale, evening lecture, film.
Santa Cruz, CA
B,L,D
Cowell and Stevenson Colleges-UCSC

Activity note: 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. Cowell and Stevenson Colleges are built on an incline, and there are stairs and ramps to navigate between buildings.

Breakfast: Breakfast is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 9:00 p.m.-9:45 a.m. Plenary lecture 10:00 p.m.-11:15 a.m. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch: Lunch is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Afternoon: Dickensian seminar for those who want to keep discussing, and repeat film screening, 1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; Victorian Tea 3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Afternoon talk 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Optional "Transcribing Dickens" research project, and optional Victorian dance lessons 5:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Evening: Post-prandial potations 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m., along with book and t-shirt sales; lecture 7:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Film screening 9:15 p.m.-11:15 p.m.

DAY
3
Another full day-schedule roughly same as Mon.
Santa Cruz, CA
B,L,D
Cowell and Stevenson Colleges-UCSC

Activity note: Walking up to a mile around campus throughout the day between apartment, dining facilities and lecture rooms. (See notes from Monday.)

Breakfast: Breakfast is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 9:00 p.m.-9:45 a.m. Plenary lecture 10:00 p.m.-11:15 a.m. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch: Lunch is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Afternoon: Dickensian seminar for those who want to keep discussing, and repeat film screening, 1:45-3:00 p.m; optional field trip to the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History 2:00-3:45 p.m. (overlaps with tea); Victorian Tea 3-3:45 p.m. Afternoon talk 4:00-5:00 p.m. Optional "Transcribing Dickens" research project, and optional Victorian dance lessons 5:15-6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Evening: Post-prandial potations 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m; lecture from 7:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Film screening 9:15 p.m.-11:15 p.m.

DAY
4
No lecture this evening.Early film screening.
Santa Cruz, CA
B,L,D
Cowell and Stevenson Colleges-UCSC

Activity note: Walking up to a mile around campus throughout the day between apartment, dining facilities and lecture rooms.

Breakfast: Breakfast is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 9:00 p.m.-9:45 a.m. Plenary lecture 10:00 p.m.-11:15 a.m. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch: Lunch is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Afternoon: Dickensian seminar for those who want to keep discussing, and repeat film screening, 1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; optional field trip to the Arboretum and Botanic Garden 2:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. (overlaps with tea); Victorian Tea 3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Afternoon talk 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Optional "Transcribing Dickens" research project, and optional Victorian dance lessons 5:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Evening: No post-prandial potations this evening because of early film screening 7:15 p.m. FREE TIME. Great opportunity to go into town, or just relax.

DAY
5
Last day of Afternoon Tea. Evening lecture, then Grand Party
Santa Cruz, CA
B,L,D
Cowell and Stevenson Colleges-UCSC

Activity note: Walking up to a mile around campus throughout the day between apartment, dining facilities and lecture rooms.

Breakfast: Breakfast is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 9:00 p.m.-9:45 a.m. Plenary lecture 10:00 p.m.-11:15 a.m. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch: Lunch is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Afternoon: Dickensian seminar for those who want to keep discussing, and repeat film screening, 1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; Victorian Tea 3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Afternoon talk 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Optional "Transcribing Dickens" research project, and optional Victorian dance lessons 5:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner is cafeteria-style at the dining hall. Save room for the delicious homemade cakes and huge assortment of cheeses at the Grand Party later.

Evening: Post-prandial potations 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.; Sentimental Soiree and Sing-Along performed by fellow conference attendees 7:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Grand Party for everyone, hosted by Friends of the Dickens Project, 9:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

DAY
6
Usual daytime activities, auction and Victorian Dance in PM
Santa Cruz, CA
B,L,D
Cowell and Stevenson Colleges-UCSC

Activity note: Walking up to a mile around campus throughout the day between apartment, dining facilities and lecture rooms. Dancing (optional) at this evening's Victorian Dance.

Breakfast: Breakfast is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 9:00 p.m.-9:45 a.m. Plenary lecture 10:00 p.m.-11:15 a.m. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch: Special lunch gathering for Road Scholars and group leader. Lunch will be provided (including for Commuters), either in a reserved section of the dining hall, or catered in a separate area.

Afternoon: Check online schedule for activities.

Dinner: Dinner is cafeteria-style at the dining hall.

Evening: Announcements, Auction, and Victorian Dance (with 5-piece band and dance instructor) 6:45 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

DAY
7
Departures after breakfast.
Santa Cruz, CA
B

Breakfast: Breakfast






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