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    Dickens Day of Writing

    April 28, 2022

    On April 27th, thirty-two enthusiastic high school juniors and seniors from Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz participated in the pilot Dickens Day of Writing program. Students studied Charles Dickens’s “Night Walks,” an essay exploring houselessness in Victorian England, and attended The Day of Writing to develop their own critical or personal essays related to the text.

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    Introducing Inspector McSniffers

    April 4, 2022

    A portrait of one of the Dickens Project's beloved furry friends, starring Sheck the lemon beagle

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    Doubly Relevant

    April 4, 2022

    An article on the Dickens Project's 2022 grad student conference that was held in the winter over Zoom.

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    Review of Jack Thorne's 'A Christmas Carol'

    March 30, 2022

    A review of Jack Thorne's San Francisco stage production of 'A Christmas Carol'

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    An Interview with Professor Talia Schaffer

    March 30, 2022

    An Interview with Professor Talia Schaffer, from Queens College CUNY and the Graduate Center CUNY, about her new book 'Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction' (2021, Princeton University Press)

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    An Interview With Ryan Fong

    March 30, 2022

    An interview with Professor Ryan Fong from Kalamazoo College, who has done extensive programming and planning for the Dickens Project's 2022 Dickens Universe on 'Iola Leroy' and 'David Copperfield'

  • Dickens References in Popular Culture

    March 30, 2022

    A roundup of Dickens references in newspapers, contemporary literature, TV shows, and more.

  • ‘The devil’s handwriting’ … part of the Tavistock letter, written in a shorthand.

    The Dickens Code: Enduring mystery of Dickens shorthand letter solved with crowd-sourced research

    February 7, 2022

    An international team of volunteers and amateur decoders have helped experts solve the enduring mystery of a letter written by celebrated novelist Charles Dickens in his own brand of adapted shorthand, which he called ‘The Devil’s Handwriting.’

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    New grant to support Dickens Project programming in year ahead

    November 23, 2021

    The programming in 2022 is focused on questions of race and social justice in the 19th century and today, with the summer's Dickens Universe event broadening its purview

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    Enter Morris

    November 22, 2021

    Trude Hoffacker gives a profile on Morris, a Dickens Universe faculty and attendee's cat.

  • Dickens References in Popular Culture

    November 22, 2021

    A roundup of Dickens references in newspapers, contemporary literature, TV shows, and more.

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    "No One Is A Stranger"

    November 22, 2021

    Trude Hoffacker interviews Kirk Davis, a first-time Dickens Universe attendee.

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    'Victorians on Broadway': On Sharon Aronofsky Weltman's New Book

    November 22, 2021

    Frances Laskey writes a feature article on Sharon Aronofsky Weltman's new book, 'Victorians on Broadway: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical'. Sharon Aronofsky Weltman is a Dickens Universe faculty member.

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    George Levine: On Turning 90

    November 22, 2021

    George Levine, a Victorianist who specializes in George Eliot, reflects on the difficulties, excitements, and privileges of turning 90.

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    Exploring the Prompt Copy of 'A Christmas Carol'

    November 22, 2021

    Christian Lehmann explains the importance of the Prompt Copy in relation to modern times.

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    Bringing 'A Christmas Carol' to Life in Middle School Classrooms

    November 12, 2021

    A brief profile of Teague Tubach, a seventh-grade teacher, and the ways in which he uses 'A Christmas Carol' to inspire kids and teach them literature.

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    Shorthand Mysteries: 'Decoding Dickens' Prize

    November 2, 2021

    The Dickens Code Project is hosting a prize of £300 for the full or partial decipherment of a shorthand letter presumed to have been written by Charles Dickens.

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    Dickens Universe celebrates 40th anniversary with ‘A Christmas Carol’

    July 22, 2021

    This summer, the Dickens Project at UC Santa Cruz—the largest multi-campus consortium on Victorian studies in the world—will present the 40th year of the Dickens Universe, a week of intense study and festivities.