August 18, 2014

The 2014 Dickens Universe: Our Mutual Friend

Charles Dickens

I recently returned from the 2014 Dickens Universe conference held at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dickens Universe is the annual conference put on by the Dickens Project, an organization that also hosts institutes, publications, and gatherings for the study of Victorian literature at secondary and post-secondary levels. The Dickens Project consortium consists of forty-five international universities, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The annual week-long conference focuses on select Charles Dickens' text(s), with all keynote addresses, seminars, and courses focused on the study of that item. The 2014 Dickens Universe featured Our Mutual Friend (1864-65). Participants included a wide range of both national and international scholars, graduate students, high school teachers and students, and members of the general public.

I participated in the Graduate Student Writing Workshop to discuss my paper "Signaling Adolescent Transition in L.T. Meade's A World of Girls (1886) and Red Rose and Tiger Lily (1894)." The article stems from my dissertation.

Click here to read an article from the Los Angeles Times featuring the winners of the High School Student Essay Scholarship. Watch the YouTube video below to see high school students from South Central Los Angeles discuss studying Our Mutual Friend as part of USC's Neighborhood Academic Initiative.

The 2015 Dickens Universe will take place from August 2-7, 2015 and will focus on Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-44) and American Notes (1842). The Dickens Project recommends the most recent Penguin Classics editions.

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