Information for all Universe Participants

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Registration | Reading List | Scholars + Others



Please register for the conference through our online store. You will be able to pay conveniently and securely via credit card, and we hope it will streamline our confirmation process. If you prefer the old-fashioned way, you can print out the registration form and mail it to us with your payment. 

Do you have registration questions? Contact Courtney in the Dickens Project Office at (831) 459-2103 or


Reading List

You will need to read the novella before attending the conference to get the most out of the event. We recommend the most recent Penguin Classics or Oxford World's Classics editions so that everyone can be "on the same page," but if you already have an edition you enjoy, please bring that. 

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings. Written by Charles Dickens, edited by Michael Slater.
Penguin Classics, 2003. ISBN: 978-0140439052.

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books. Written by Charles Dickens, edited by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
Oxford World's Classics, 2008. ISBN: 978-0199536306.

Scholars and Others

You do not need to be a scholar to attend. The morning lectures are given by our consortium member faculty and sometimes guest faculty. These speakers share important scholarly research, while the afternoon talks are generally lighter and cover more general topics of the Victorian era. We try to offer activities for everyone, but please be aware that certain programs are restricted to our member faculty and graduate students as a privilege of membership. If you are a scholar from a non-member school, you are encouraged to attend the 19th-Century Seminar and share your research with colleagues. High school students are welcome to attend the daily undergraduate seminar.