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Dickens 2012, a celebration with Wandsworth Council

University of Roehampton professors from the Department of English and Creative Writing will be taking part in a celebration of the legacy of Charles Dickens during a series of events this April in collaboration with the Wandsworth Council. 

Posted: 21 March 2012

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Three Roehampton professors from the Department of English and Creative Writing will be taking part in Dickens 2012, the celebration of Charles Dickens in collaboration with the Wandsworth Council over the month of April.

Dr Laura Peters, professor and author of Orphan Texts: Victorian Orphans, Culture and Empire and the forthcoming Dickens and Race (2012), will explore the prevalence of the orphan figure in Victorian culture, the social anxiety the figure generated and the special power invested in the orphan. Her talk, A very Special Child: the Orphan in Dickens, will take place at the Putney Library on Wednesday 11 April at 6:30pm.

Professor Nicki Humble will present on the topic of Dickens and food. This event will explore how food is presented in Dickens’ novels and discuss Victorian food in general. Nicki works on nineteenth and twentieth century literature and teaches on the literature of food. She is the author of Culinary Pleasures: Cookbooks and the Transformation of British Food (Faber, 2005) and Cake: A Global History (Reaktion, 2010). Her talk will be accompanied by a free specially prepared booklet of Dickensian recipes and will take place at the Earlsfield Library on Thursday 19 April at 6:30pm.

Professor Jenny Hartley will be giving an illustrated talk titled Charles Dickens and the Fallen Women of London based on her book Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women (2008). For over a decade Dickens was closely involved with setting up and running a refuge for young women in London. They came from the prisons, streets and sweatshops. In her talk, Jenny will explore what it was like to be looked after by Dickens and what happened to the young women afterwards. This event will take place at the Southfields Library on Wednesday 25 April at 6:30pm.

All three events are free to the public but require booking in advance. In addition to those listed, there will be many other events incorporated in the month-long celebration including a very special dramatized reading at the University of Roehampton by Gerald Dickens, the great-great grandson of the author himself.

Mr Dickens is Coming! will be a light-hearted and varied look at the life and character of Charles Dickens and will take place in the Duchesne Lecture Theatre on Friday 27 April at 7:30pm.

For more information on all events and booking your place visit Dickens 2012 or the Wandsworth Council website.

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