The Dickens Universe, featuring 'A Christmas Carol'

The Dickens Universe is an annual gathering of scholars, teachers, and members of the general public who share a love of Dickens's writings and his era. In 2021, the Universe will feature A Christmas Carol

Perhaps the best known and most widely beloved of Dickens’s works, A Christmas Carol is the story of one man’s conversion from miserly misanthropy to a belief in the goodness of humankind and an acceptance of his place in the larger human community. Set against a background of social and economic distress during the “hungry ‘forties” in England, the Carol is at once an indictment of economic individualism and a powerful exploration of dreams, memory, and the importance of self-reflection. An early experiment in time-travel, the Carol has undergone countless adaptations and rewritings, many of which will be addressed during the week-long program of events.

Panel discussions will explore Adapting Dickens Today; Teaching A Christmas Carol; Christmas and Disability; Black Adaptations; Death, Christmas, and Christianity; Mary Seacole and Christmas in the Crimea; Adapting A Christmas Carol for the Royal Shakespeare Company; A Christmas Carol and Opera; A Reading by Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout from the Harry Potter movies); and a film festival with short films produced by high school seniors from South Los Angeles. A detailed schedule is available online, 

  •  Explore A Christmas Carol in small break-out groups and presentations by distinguished international faculty.
  •  Join a community of avid Dickens readers and lovers of his work.
  •  Learn more about the history of Christmas in Victorian England.
  •  Discuss the relevance of A Christmas Carol through its modern reinterpretations.

Immerse yourself in the world of Charles Dickens. Learn about the author's life and work through lectures, group discussions, and Victorian events at the 40th annual Dickens Universe.

Our Community Day is on Thursday, and we are happy to welcome members of the public to our panel discussions on "A Carol for the RSC: Staging A Christmas Carol for the Royal Shakespeare Company" and "The Passion of ScroogeA Christmas Carol and Opera" at no charge. Please email for the Zoom links. 

Friday, July 30 at 9:00am to 4:45pm

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