Charles Dickens: Lessons Imparted and Lessons Learned (Dickens Society panel) (Panel)


British

Kristin Le Veness (SUNY Nassau Community College)

Richard Carstone in Bleak House declares, "I have learned a lesson now, sir. It was a hard one, but you shall be assured, indeed, that I have learned it." Dickens characters still resonate with the modern reader, and their struggles and lessons learned reach readers on both an emotional and practical level. This panel invites abstracts exploring the various lessons Dickens tries to impart through his novels. How are these lessons situated in their contemporary historic/socio-economic milieu? Are they still valuable today, and if so, how do they translate to our modern concerns, values and sensitivities? Papers are invited to examine the expected and unexpected lessons in Charles Dickens' works.

Richard Carstone in Bleak House declares, "I have learned a lesson now, sir. It was a hard one, but you shall be assured, indeed, that I have learned it." This panel invites abstracts exploring the various lessons Dickens tries to impart through his novels. How are these lessons situated in their contemporary historic/socio-economic milieu? Are they still valuable today, and if so, how do they speak to our modern concerns, values, and sensitivities? Papers are invited to examine the expected and unexpected lessons in Charles Dickens's works.