EN3515 Special Author: Charles Dickens
Summer Reading List 2016-17
Course tutor: Professor Juliet John
Please read as much as you can over the Summer as Dickens’s books are very long and you will find it hard to cope in term time. We will be covering the texts in the order listed below once term starts. Try to read novels in the Oxford World’s Classics or Penguin Classics editions as the cheaper editions can omit important prefaces, illustrations, etc. ‘The Signalman’ is available as an e-text. Dickens’s journalism is available online via the Dickens Journals Online website (http://www.djo.org.uk/) and Michael Slater’s Dent edition of the journalism is also excellent, including useful contextual information. The Letters are available in various editions or online but a handout will be supplied. Enjoy!
- Sketches by Boz (1836),
- Barnaby Rudge (1841)
- A Christmas Carol (1843)
- David Copperfield (1848)
- Selected Journalism: including ‘The Amusements of the People’ (1850), selected ‘Night Walks’ (1861)
- Bleak House (1852-3)
- Little Dorrit (1855-7)
- Great Expectations (1861)
- ‘The Signalman’ (1866)
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870)
- selected Letters
I would advise you to prioritise primary reading over the Summer so that you can cope with the pace of reading during term time. If you do want to pursue any secondary reading , however, Oxford Bibliographies: Victorian Literature is the best place to start for a selected, annotated bibliography of the vast field of Dickens studies. Also find below a selection of works that you may find useful. In addition to the list below, you may be given supplementary suggestions for reading in lectures. You are also encouraged to pursue your own interests, browsing the library catalogue yourself and not limiting yourself to what is listed. It you wish to explore a particular subject in greater detail you should follow up footnotes and bibliographies in the works cited, consult the MLA bibliography, JSTOR, etc. The main Dickens journals are the Dickens Studies Annual, the Dickens Quarterly and The Dickensian and articles on Dickens routinely appear in journals such as the Journal of Victorian Culture, Victorian Studies and Nineteenth-Century Literature.