Dickens

New Course: Dickens: David Copperfield

Key information:

Name: Dickens: David Copperfield

Tutor: Dr Aleksandar Stević (Junior Research Fellow in English at King’s College, Cambridge)

Number of Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. Introduction
  2. Self-Reflection
  3. Bildungsroman
  4. Childhood
  5. The Faces of Capitalism
  6. Marriage

Description:

In this course, Dr Aleksandar Stević (University of Cambridge) explores Dickens’ novel David Copperfield. After a brief introduction that sets ths novel in its historical context, we turn to some of the major themes in the novel, including autobiography and self-reflection, professional and social development, and childhood and marriage.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students reading Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, which is a set text for WJEC AS/A Level GCE in English Literature.

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New Course: Dickens: David Copperfield

Key information:

Name: Charles Dickens: David Copperfield

Tutor: Dr Alfie Bown (University of Manchester)

Number of Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. Introduction
  2. Narrative
  3. Autobiography
  4. Comedy
  5. Writing
  6. Steerforth

Description:

In this course, Dr Alfie Bown (University of Manchester) explores Dickens’ 1849-50 novel David Copperfield. After a brief introduction that sets the novel in its historical context, we turn to some of the major themes of the novel, including how Dickens thinks about the linearity of narrative (does he know what’s going to happen or not?), his interest in autobiography, the use of comedy in the novel, his interest in the physicality of writing, and the use of character and characterisation in the novel, looking in particular at Steerforth.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students reading Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, which is a set text for WJEC AS/A Level GCE in English Literature.

New Course: Dickens: Hard Times

Key information:

Name: Charles Dickens: Hard Times

Tutor: Dr Alfie Bown (University of Manchester)

Number of Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. Introduction
  2. Utilitarianism
  3. Fact vs. Fancy
  4. Class
  5. Spying and Regulation
  6. Comedy

Description:

In this course, Dr Alfie Bown (University of Manchester) explores Dickens’ 1854 novel, Hard Times. As we move through the course, we think about the philosophy of Utilitarianism (thinking in particular about Mr. Gradgrind), about class (thinking in particular about Mr. Bounderby), about regulation and surveillance in Coketown (thinking in particular about Mrs. Sparsit) and, finally, about comedy (thinking in particular about the Circus).

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students reading Charles Dickens’ Hard Times, which is a set text forEdexcel AS/A Level GCE in English Literature and a recommended text for AQA AS/A Level GCE in English Literature.

New Course: Charles Dickens: Hard Times

Key information:

Name: Charles Dickens: Hard Times

Tutor: Professor John Bowen (Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of York)

Number of Modules: 5

Module List:

  1. Introduction: Philosophy and Performance
  2. Mr Gradgrind’s Philosophy
  3. Mrs Gradgrind’s Something
  4. Sissy’s Stupidity
  5. Mr Sleary’s Truth

Description:

In this course, Professor John Bowen (University of York) explores the concepts of philosophy and performance in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times. In particular, we consider the presentation of reason and rationality in the novel (as represented by Mr Gradgrind), before looking at ways the presentation of its supposed opposites: nothingness and meaninglessness, stupidity and stupefaction, and the absurd.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students reading Charles Dickens’ Hard Times, which is a set text for Edexcel AS/A Level GCE in English Literature and a recommended text for AQA AS/A Level GCE in English Literature.