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Late Dickens: Passion and Mystery

This course will examine Charles Dickens’s last three novels: Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend, and the incomplete The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In his final years, at the height of his fame yet in the most troubled period of his personal life, Dickens at once became more symbolic and poetic in his style and conception of the novel form, while accentuating his tendency toward social critique. From Pip’s ardent pursuit of Estella in Great Expectations to Lizzie Hexam’s self-sacrifice on behalf of her brother in Our Mutual Friend to John Jasper’s tormented passion for Rosa Bud in Edwin Drood, these novels situate individual passions in a complex social matrix, providing a fitting capstone to Dickens’s storied career.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Insight into the later life and career of Charles Dickens
  • Familiarity with Dickens’s final three novels

Ideal for

  • Those with an interest in the life and work of Charles Dickens
  • Anyone wishing to learn more about Victorian literature and culture
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    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2021
    • Date

      Jun 8 - Jun 29
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Birns, Nicholas
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $349