How to Read Like a Victorian: David Copperfield and Pendennis

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, September 24 – November 19

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Jennifer Sampson

In 1849 and 1850, London readers would have been able to purchase monthly parts of the latest works by rival novelists Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. In this seminar we will read David Copperfield and Pendennis serially, in imitation of their first readers’ experience. Discussing them side-by-side will enable us to see how these texts respond to each other and will highlight the authors’ different methods for revealing their professional and private lives to readers.

Jennifer Sampson holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago and sometimes likes to pretend it is 1849.

Materials List
Required:
Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. Ed. Nina Burgis, Andrew Sanders. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 0199536295
*Thackeray, William Makepeace. The History of Pendennis. Hard Press, 2006. ISBN: 1406939870

*Please note that the bookstore is unable to stock this text, but it is widely available for purchase through online retailers. The instructor will also have a limited number of personal copies on hand.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Nine sessions, $230.
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