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Charles Dickens Through the Lens of Canonicity
21 May 2012 // 6:00 PM
Critical discourse on Charles Dickens – especially late Dickens, most especially of all Bleak House – has gotten out of hand, and finds itself concentrating on virtues that Dickens doesn’t actually possess in a bid to shoehorn him into our notion of what a great writer is and what his writing does.
Charles Dickens 200: Great Expectations: Bright Hope and Dark Resignation
22 Feb 2012 // 4:00 PM
Where we are now, in 2012, is on a darker plain especially for the large "Underclass". Perhaps Dickens can light our way?
Reality, and Then Some, as Conveyed in 'The Wire' and 'Oliver Twist'
20 Jun 2011 // 5:00 PM
The spoonful of sugar that The Wire employs in relating its harsh theme is all wrapped up in that medicine's themes of fatalism. The humor employed in Oliver Twist highlights the opposite: the needlessness of the system that allows orphans to starve to death.
'Charles Dickens: A Life' Brings Dickens Down to Earth
26 Jan 2012 // 2:00 AM
Clare Tomalin's timely biography focuses on how the man who wrote both heroes and villains so well found elements of both in himself.
The Curious Case of the Closure of the Charles Dickens Museum
25 Jan 2012 // 5:30 AM
Charles Dickens is a national, if not international, cultural figure. Is it such a problem that the London museum dedicated to him will be closed for the bicentenary?