As we celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, one of the greatest authors to ever put pen to paper, the University of Warwick's Celebrating Dickens website examines his life and works. Experts from the University are celebrating the genius of Dickens and exploring different aspects of his work and the Victorian era, in which he lived – in commemoration of his 200th birthday on February 7.
Short films, podcasts and articles have been uploaded in three serialised volumes, to pay homage to the way the great man himself published his novels, which have all stood the test of time and continue to have a huge influence on today’s authors, filmmakers, artists and academics.
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In this special documentary, Professor Jon Mee explores the life and works of Charles Dickens and his enduring legacy. Professor Mee meets with various experts to discuss Dickens – the author, the public performer, the activist, the celebrity, the boy and the family man. Our experts also read their favourite passages from his novels. The documentary was nominated for two Learning on Screen Awards from the BUVFC. In April 2013, the documentary won the Learning on Screen 'Education In-House Production' award.
Celebrating Dickens App
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Led by Professor Jon Mee, from the University of Warwick’s English and Comparative Literary Studies Department, the App offers a plethora of podcasts, articles and videos exploring aspects of Victorian Britain, Charles Dickens’ novels and adaptations of his works.
In this podcast, Professor Jon Mee answers questions from Luke Hamer, Assistant Press Officer, about Dickens' later career. After the breakdown of his marriage, Dickens toured the country with a series of theatrical readings of his works in an exhausting schedule that may have contributed to his detereorating health and, ultimately, his death.
In this podcast, Professor Jon Mee is joined by three of his MA students to discuss Great Expectations. They talk about the significance of the characters’ names, the relationship between desire and suffering, the symbolism of hands and much more.
Dr Charlotte Mathieson meets with Dr Paul Edmondson and Professor Stanley Wells, Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, to discuss Dickens' relationship with the Trust.
Professor Jon Mee talks to Professor Gary Watt, School of Law about Dickens' relationship with the Law.
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