Charles Dickens and the literary World of his Novels

PS, 2st., Mi 16-18
BA (1.2), MAIAS elective, Lehramt
WS 2011/2012
Universität Bayreuth

Course Description

In this seminar we will explore the world of some of Charles Dickens’ most famous novels. Being the greatest writer of his time, Dickens turned the developments of Victorian England into the focal point of his works. He cast a critical eye on social reforms and the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the life of the people. He did not only narrate the events from an outside position, but was also able to add a lot of insight to his stories and their characters, because he himself went through hard times. Consequently, he created his works in the light of his own experiences. Apart from examining the works on a literary basis, we will therefore also focus on the changes that took place in England during the reign of Queen Victoria. Critical essays will support the analyses of the selected works.

Texts to be obtained by students:

Charles Dickens, Hard Times
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
Charles Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby