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Discovering Dickens

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  • Wed 8 Mar ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 15 Mar ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 22 Mar ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 29 Mar ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 5 Apr ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 12 Apr ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $200.00
  • Victoria Staff 20% Discount: $160.00

The novels of Charles Dickens are both representative of and responsive to a rapidly changing Victorian society. This course examines three of his novels and several shorter pieces.

As you read these works over the duration of the course, you will discuss issues such as the emergence of middle-class and professional identity, the growth of industrial and urban society, and the dynamics of Victorian literary culture.

Recommended reading list:

The following Penguin Classics editions of the novels will be referred to, and you are encouraged to bring your own copies if you have them:
- Hard Times
- Great Expectations
- Bleak House
- A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories.

Target audience:
This course is for those who have wanted to read Dickens but have been too intimidated, to those who have read a little and want to encounter more to the most devoted Dickensians.

By the end of this course, you will have:
- Increased your understanding of the literary and cultural significance of Dickens’s works
- Discussed how Dickens’s novels respond to their Victorian context, as well as why they retain continuing significance and value
- Learned about the social and moral issues that concerned Dickens throughout his career and compared how different novels engage these issues.

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