Dickens and the Disaster of Marriage
On the occasion of Charles Dickens’s 207th birthday, please join us a festive evening of birthday cake, discussion about Victorian marriage with Dickens Project Co-Director Renee Fox, and a film screening.
This talk will trace the pitfalls of getting married in Victorian Britain—the financial threats to women, the uneven standards for husbands and wives, the legal ways marriage compromised individual identity—and will look at how a few famously salacious marital scandals (including Dickens’s own!) succeeded in transforming both law and literature in the 19th century.
The Invisible Woman (2013) is a biopic about eighteen-year-old actress Ellen Ternan and her love affair with Charles Dickens.
Thursday, February 7 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
UCSC, Humanities 1, Room 210 1156 High Street