4 Sessions Thursdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT September 22 to December 22, 2022
The Center for Fiction
The ‘With Books’ option includes all titles required for this group at a 10% discount.
9/22, 10/27, 12/1, 12/22
In Person at The Center for Fiction
In his critical writing on the works of Charles Dickens, G. K. Chesterton remarked that “Dickens knew that Socialism was coming, though he did not know its name.” Evoking the social and systemic failures of Victorian England, Dickens paints some of the richest portraits of his contemporaries on record for all their triumphs and pitfalls. From Oliver Twist to Little Dorrit, the cruelties of charities to the psycho-social brutality of debtors’ prison, Dickens casts an unflinching eye on how London and its neighboring environs treated the most vulnerable members of society. Together we’ll look at how these both satirical and sentimental works shaped the English novel as a genre.
Participants should read Oliver Twist in advance of the first class.
A writer and opera librettist, Amanda Hollander holds a doctorate in Victorian and children’s literature from UCLA. She recently completed a fellowship with the American Opera Project. She has published several works of speculative short fiction and academic articles. You can find more about her upcoming projects at amandahollander.com.
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Whether you’re looking to catch up on great novels or you’re interested in exploring a new writer or literary period, our reading groups offer high-level literary discussion led by experts in the field.
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