2018-2019 News Archive

  • Race, Violence, and Form in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

    March 28, 2024

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    Great expectations and the general magic of failure

    May 8, 2019

    A new film by Dickens Universe regular and benefactor Mike Stern is the story of a little-known company that set in motion much of our technological world.

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    Reading Like a Victorian Q&A with the Dickens Project

    May 1, 2019

    We sat down with one of the creators of the website, Reading Like a Victorian, to hear more about their project, which facilitates the study of Victorian serial novels in their “original serial moments”. Reading Like a Victorian was created by Robyn Warhol, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University, with the assistance of Colleen Morrissey, a nineteenth-century specialist who received her Ph.D. at the Ohio State University.

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    Barnaby Lab at the Foshay Learning Center

    February 13, 2019

    Carl Wilson, Friends of the Dickens Project Board Member, reports on his visit to South Los Angeles to celebrate the conclusion of Barnaby Lab with Foshay Learning Center's senior AP English class.

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    Critical Race Theory and New Directions for Victorian Studies

    January 31, 2019

    Under the sponsorship of the Dickens Society, a round table on "Critical Race Theory and New Directions for Victorian Studies" convened at the annual Modern Language Association conference in Chicago early January, and enjoyed a lively discussion on how to redress methodological and citational exclusions of critical race theory within the field of Victorian studies.

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    Dickens and the Disaster of Marriage

    January 25, 2019

    On the occasion of Charles Dickens’s 207th birthday, please join us a festive evening of birthday cake, discussion about Victorian marriage, and a film screening.

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    Q&A with J. Commander, Founder and Editor of Annotated-The Online Library of Annotated Editions

    January 15, 2019

    Josh Commander, a Dickens Universe alumni, discusses his project, Annotated-The Online Library of Annotated Editions, which provides annotated works online for free.

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    Put a Big Star by That

    January 2, 2019

    Miriam Branch, a member of the Greater Riverside Area Dickens Fellowship, reflects on the "Barnaby Rudge" Reading Marathon with the high school senior AP English class from Foshay Learning Center.

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    Prof and a Pint: "Dickens and the Struggles of Marriage"

    November 23, 2018

    Charles Dickens is known for his marriage plots: no matter what kinds of twists and turns threaten the path of true love, in the end David Copperfield gets his Agnes, Esther Summerson gets her Woodcourt, and John Harmon gets his Bella. But was marriage really a happy ending for the women in Dickens’s novels?

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    Christmas with Dickens

    October 23, 2018

    Charles Dickens just wants to talk about his book, A Christmas Carol, but what happens when Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Catherine Dickens, and the Ghost of Christmas Present show up? Chaos, confusion, conflict, and complaints, just like a typical holiday gathering.

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    'The Times Literary Supplement' reviews 'The Spirit Photographer'

    September 14, 2018

    Gerri Kimber reviews Jon Michael Varese's debut novel, 'The Spirit Photographer,' for 'The Times Literary Supplement' drawing connections between Wilkie Collins and Joseph Campbell's 'Heart of Darkness.'

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    Voices from the Dickens Universe

    August 16, 2018

    Here's your chance to get an audio immersion in UC Santa Cruz's famed Dickens Universe—you'll feel like you're right there, uncovering new meanings in the text, drinking tea, and getting ready for the Victorian dance.

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    2018 Review: The Dickens Universe

    August 15, 2018

    Long-time Dickens Universe attendee and Friends of the Dickens Project board member, Beth Penney, reports on the activities of the 2018 Dickens Universe conference.

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    A Walk Home to Santa Cruz

    August 13, 2018

    South LA teens bring exhibition for its third installation at Dickens Universe 2018

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    UC Santa Cruz awarded two NEH grants for Humanities projects

    August 9, 2018

    UC Santa Cruz has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support humanities projects in the Literature Department.

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    Dickens Universe to offer public talk by alumnus on new novel ‘The Spirit Photographer’

    July 11, 2018

    UCSC alumni Jon Varese gives a talk on his first published novel, The Spirit Photographer, at 2018 Dickens Universe

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    CFP: Mapping Victorian Empires, Cultures, Identities, May 13-16, 2019

    July 8, 2018

    Call for proposals for a conference on nineteenth-century literature, art, and history to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Haifa, co-sponsored by the University of California's Dickens Project.