Dickens-to-Go Video Series

Dickens-to-Go is a bi-weekly program of short videos designed to whet the viewers' appetite for "more" of their favorite author. Join Dickens Project faculty, friends, and students as they share a favorite passage from Dickens and say a few words about why they selected it. 


The Dombey House

Dickens Project Director John Jordan returns with a passage about the slow and incremental changes tracked within the Dombey household while Mr. Dombey is away. It centers on how the Dombey mansion "becomes almost another character in this wonderful novel."



Dickens the Narrator

Michael Shelichach, a lecturer of English at Queens College, shares a ghastly passage from Oliver Twist with clues to help illuminate Dickens as the writer and narrator. 



David: Debauched, Dissipated, Drunkd

Dickens Universe devotees Serena Buie, Christian Lehmann, and Mira Rao discuss Chapter 24 of David Copperfield and reflect upon the camaraderie and the darker undertones present in their selected passages.



Shipwreck, Storm, and Narrative Disingenuity in David Copperfield

Friends of the Dickens Project Board Member, Wayne Batten, examines narrative evasions, revealing by concealing, and silence as self-deception in David Copperfield.



Illustrating The Old Curiosity Shop

Christian Lehmann, Faculty of Literature at Bard High School Early College Cleveland, describes how The Old Curiosity Shop's illustrators maintained visual cohesion while playfully engaging one another across the weekly parts.



Remembering Gerhard Joseph

This week, we will be revisiting Professor Joseph's "David Copperfield, the Hero of David Copperfield," from September 28, 2020. In this episode, he asserts that by viewing David Copperfield within the context of the novel, Charles Dickens's life, and within the reader's own life, David Copperfield must, indeed, be the hero of his own life.



Dickens's Favorite Son

Phyllis Orrick, a former journalist and retired research editor at UC Berkeley returns to discuss a novel "built around a character who represents the purest version of the ideal of the boy-child/son Dickens so often alludes to with obvious affection throughout his works," Barnaby Rudge.



Conscience is a Dreadful [and Slippery] Thing

Summer Star, Associate Professor of English at San Francisco State University, shares a passage from Great Expectations about moral consciousness. She describes it as "one of the most brilliant, humorous, and physical allegories for moral discomfort I have ever encountered: having a slice of buttered bread down one's pant leg."


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