Dickens Universe 2018


The Dickens Universe is a unique cultural event that brings together scholars, teachers, students, and members of the general public for a week of stimulating discussion and festive social activity on the beautiful Santa Cruz campus of the University of California—all focused on one or two Victorian novels, usually (but not always) one by Charles Dickens.

In 2018, the Universe will feature Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. Full of contrasts—light and shade, comedy and pathos—Little Dorrit is one of the great social novels of the Victorian age. It takes as its central themes the prison of this lower world, the vicissitudes of love in middle age and the inescapable power of money. Intricately plotted and full of Dickensian humor and sentiment, the novel displays a broad social vision and remarkable psychological insight.

The following events on July 17 are open to the public:
3-3:45 PM Victorian Tea presented by the Friends of the Dickens Project. Humanities Plaza & Quad

4:00-5 PM Talk: Jon Varese (Dickens Project)
The Spirit Photographer: A Novel, a conversation with the author, moderated by Daniel Novak (University of Mississippi) with an introduction by John O. Jordan (Dickens Project. Humanities Lecture Hall

5:15-6 PM Research Project: John Bowen (York University) and Douglas Dodds (V&A Museum). Deciphering Dickens (bring a laptop to participate). Humanities 2, room 359.

5:15-6 PM Victorian Dance Lessons with Annie Laskey. Stevenson Event Center

6:45-7:30 PM Post-Prandial Potations (refreshments), UCSC's Bay Tree Bookstore Book Sale. Humanities Plaza & Quad

7:45-9 PM Lecture: Jason Rudy (University of Maryland)
"Dorrit Down Under." Humanities Lecture Hall

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Event dates: 
07/17/2018 - 3:00pm