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. 


 

Luckie MacLeary

Tyger Wright describes her fascination with Luckie MacLeary in a passage from Waverley by Walter Scott. The scene takes place with Edward Waverley having a drink with the Laird of Killancureit when he runs into Luckie MacLeary.

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The Artist at Work

Mike Stern joins us in presenting a passage from 'Little Dorrit.' Mrs. Plornish's Happy Cottage is detailed and the simple joys it brings to the characters in the story. We are also given a look into Mike Stern's personal connection with this passage and the memories that are attached to it.

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Pilgrim's Progress

Phyllis Orrick discusses Dickens's response to The Old Curiosity Shop's 15th number. Dickens's attitude toward religion is brought up as he begins to make comments on John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress.' 

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Mr. Tulkinghorn at Leisure

Dickens Project Director John Jordan is back again with a passage from 'Bleak House' regarding Mr. Tulkinghorn and his secretive demeanor. The main focus is on Mr. Tulkinghorn's indulgence in wine and the mythic allusions that are made in regards to him and Lady Dedlock. 

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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."

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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