Neo-Dickens for a New Audience: Reading, Watching, and Teaching Dickens in the 21st Century

Country: USA

City: Washington

Abstr. due: 30.09.2018

Dates: 21.03.19 — 24.03.19

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Cultural science;

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Organizers: Northeast Modern Language Association, Dickens Society


As Jessica Cox defines it, Neo-Victorianism involves "creative works that in some way engage with Victorian literature and culture, and scholarly works that seek to explore the shifting relationship with the Victorian period . . . often through a critical investigation of Neo-Victorian creative works." Charles Dickens's characters, settings, and Boz himself have been re-imagined, appearing in Neo-Vic novels, television shows, films, and videogames, like Lynn Shepherd's "The Solitary House," BBC One's "Dickensian," Ridley Scott's "The Man Who Invented Christmas," and Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed: Syndicate." This panel will consider what Neo-Dickensian works like these tell us about our current "relationship with the Victorian period" and suggest ways to make productive use of them in the classroom.

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