Charles Dickens’s treatment of childhood, especially the theme of childhood innocence in a corrupt world, is central to understanding his novels. The course will examine two of the many novels that center on child protagonists, one from early in his writing career, one written much later. By comparing the two novels, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations, participants in the course will try to understand Dickens’s message to a corrupt and materialistic world, a world many people find still recognizable today. The class will be able to view substantial excerpts from several classic movies of the two texts. Required text: Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens, ISBN:1593080301. Cost:$4.95. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, ISBN: 1587260638. Cost: $3.85.
David Barratt (email@example.com) has lectured in the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and the United States, especially on the nineteenth-century novel. He has also written on C.S. Lewis, and created various website study guides for high school and undergraduate students.