From Linda Hooper, the master manager of the Dickens
Project ([log in to unmask]), has come the brochure for this
week's Universe meetings. (More detailed word about the weekend scholarly
conference--which always follows the Universe--will doubtless come later.)
THE DICKENS UNIVERSE
JULY 29 TO AUGUST 5, 1995
TO REGISTER FOR THE DICKENS UNIVERSE, VICTORIAN MIND, OR TO ORDER ANY OF OUR
PUBLICATIONS, PLEASE WRITE FOR A FREE BROCHURE.
The Dickens Project
University of California
Santa Cruz CA 95064
This summer, the Dickens Project will present the Dickens Universe, its
fifteenth annual Summer Institute on Charles Dickens. Distinguished scholars
from the various University of California campuses and other major
universities here and abroad will offer lectures and small seminars. There
will also be films, videos, readings from Dickens's works, a book fair, daily
workshops for teachers, Victorian teas, other festive events, and one or two
surprises. The comprehensive program is designed both for teachers and the
general public. The only prerequisite is a fondness for reading Dickens and
talking about his work.
In 1995 we will read and discuss two novels: Dickens's Great Expectations and
Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. We will look at both works critically, as novels
and as Victorian novels. We will also consider their historical and
biographical content, and examine each novelist's use of the first person
narrator. We will pay particular attention to the differences when a male
novelist writes of a young man growing up, and a woman novelist depicts the
development of a young woman. Does gender affect style and technique?
In Great Expectations, Dickens examines the process by which a gentleman is
made, not born. Presented as Pip's confessional autobiography, Great
Expectations describes his childhood at the forge, his infatuation with the
beautiful Estella, his shame at his working-class origin and his eagerness to
be a gentleman, and eventually his life as a young man-about-town with "great
expectations" of inheriting a fortune. Recalling these events in maturity, Pip
is frank about his own mistakes and shortcomings.
Jane Eyre is also presented as autobiography. Jane describes her lonely
childhood as an unwelcome member of her aunt's household; her education to be
a governess and her employment as such; and her relationship with the handsome
but mysterious Mr. Rochester. Like Great Expectations, Jane Eyre is also a
kind of confession, admitting-and justifying-a passion and rebelliousness
supposedly forbidden to Victorian women.
Sunday, July 30, 1995
2:00-3:30 p.m. Room Registration for participants staying on campus
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30-7:30 p.m. Program Registration at Kresge Town Hall
7:30 p.m. Welcome and preview of the week's events, followed by an opening
Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m. Small group discussion of Victorian
contexts with Dickens Universe faculty
9:45-11:00 a.m. Faculty lectures on Great Expectations
and Jane Eyre
11:15-12:30 a.m. Workshops on Great Expectations
and Jane Eyre and the lecture material
12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch
Afternoons Informal lectures, films, teas,
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30-7:30 p.m. Sherry and social hour
7:30 p.m. Films, performances, lectures
Friday, August 4
7:00 p.m. Closing festivities: party and
Saturday, August 5
[Universe participants may also choose to stay and attend the weekend
conference on "Victorian Mind"]
Pecuniary and other arrangements
Credit and Fees
We will be discussing Jane Eyre and Great Expectations in a setting less
bustling than Pip's London, less austere than Jane's Yorkshire moors. The
Santa Cruz campus of the University of California, 75 miles southeast of San
Francisco and 50 miles north of Carmel, is perched on a hill high above the
city of Santa Cruz, a place of open vistas, redwood groves, and nearly tame
deer. There is easy access to Santa Cruz's many shops, restaurants, and
beaches. The climate is mild: cool mornings and evenings, warm afternoons.
While we dwell imaginatively in nineteenth-century England, we will
simultaneously enjoy the amenities of the most beautiful of the University of
Since many people summer in Santa Cruz, off-campus housing is usually in short
and expensive supply. For this reason, we suggest that you stay at Kresge
College, where all conference events are held. Campus parking permits and
meals at the dining hall are included in the room rates. Accommodations at
Kresge feature two-bedroom suites, with common living room. Kresge is designed
to resemble a traditional Mediterranean village, along a single winding
street. There is a short walk among the redwoods to nearby Porter College for
The registration fee for the conference is $596.50 for a single room and
$524.50 for a double per person. Non-resident fee is $175. The registration
fee includes all programs and parties.
You may receive 2 units of credit (quarter system) in Literature; please
indicate your wish on the registration form. The course is approved to be
repeated for credit.
Students taking the course for credit are expected to write a paper 5-7
typewritten pages in length, which will be due August 31. The topic of the
paper will be discussed at the program.
For More Information
If you have questions not answered by this brochure, please write or phone
the Dickens Project, 354 Kresge College, University of California, Santa Cruz,
95064, (408) 459-2103. A detailed schedule of activities will be sent to all
registrants. All programs are accessible.
Cancellations must be received in writing before July 21. A service charge of
$30 will be withheld from the registration fee refund. Housing cancellations
must be arranged by 5 pm, July 28, or one night's meals and lodging will be
By Special Arrangement
The Baytree Bookstore of UC Santa Cruz will supply copies of the Penguin
editions of Great Expectations and Jane Eyre; these are the recommended texts
for the Dickens Universe. Just indicate your wish on the registration form and
include the amount with your total payment. The book will be sent directly by
the Baytree; if you have questions about your order, please call them at
>From Thursday evening, August 3, through noon on Sunday, August 6, the Dickens
Project will present a scholarly conference on "Victorian Mind," to which all
Dickens Universe participants are invited without additional fee. Well-known
scholars of nineteenth-century literature and culture will discuss Victorian
conceptions of the mind and mental functioning. Topics will include scientific
and religious models of the mind; ethical and moral considerations; gendered
conceptions of the mind; Victorian spiritualism; the emergence of modern
psychology; ghosts, nostalgia, and the irrational. Conference registration for
non-Universe participants is $60.
THE READING PUBLIC
If you enjoyed WGBH's Masterpiece Theatre offerings this spring of Martin
Chuzzlewit and Hard Times, you may order a hard-to-find viewer's guide
directly from the Dickens Project. The guide, on which Project faculty served
as consultants, introduces Dickens as an author, elucidates the major
characters, and discusses the historical context of the two novels. Just mark
the order form as indicated, and we'll get one in the mail to you right away.
Throughout this past year, the Dickens Project has been collaborating with the
Education unit of the British Broadcasting Corporation to produce educational
materials to accompany the two Dickens television adaptations. The product of
this collaboration, "Doorway to Dickens" will be available for purchase at
this summer's Dickens Universe. The Project consulted to BBC, and the result
is an even richer resource than our earlier publications. The kit contains a
90-minute video, an audio tape, and printed materials for teaching and study.
It is designed especially for use in schools, but will be of interest to any
serious reader of Dickens.
DICKENS UNIVERSE FACULTY
John O. Jordan, Associate Professor of English, teaches Victorian literature,
especially Dickens, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is
Director of the Dickens Project.
Murray Baumgarten, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC Santa
Cruz, is Founding Director of the Dickens Project and Editor-in-chief of a
multi-volume edition of the works of Thomas Carlyle. He has published studies
of Dickens and other Victorian writers and serves on the editorial board of
Dickens Studies Annual.
Robert Newsom is Professor of English Literature at UC Irvine and an Associate
Director of the Dickens Project. He is the author of Dickens on the Romantic
Side of Familiar Things: Bleak House and the Novel Tradition and A Likely
Story: Probability and Play in Fiction in addition to essays in Victorian
Associate Professor Hilary Schor teaches Victorian literature at the
University of Southern California, and is an Associate Director of the Dickens
Project. She is the author of Scheherezade in the Marketplace: Elizabeth
Gaskell and the Victorian Novel.
Robert Tracy is Professor of English and Celtic Studies at UC Berkeley, and an
Associate Director of the Dickens Project. He is the author of Trollope's
Later Novels and of many studies of Dickens and other Victorian writers.
Professor Philip Collins of the University of Leicester in Great Britain is
one of the world's foremost Dickens scholars. He is the author of Dickens and
Crime, Dickens and Education and many other studies of Dickens's life and
writings, and is President-elect of the Dickens Society.
Professor John Glavin teaches nineteenth-century literature and playwriting at
Georgetown University. He has written articles on Oscar Wilde, Muriel Spark,
and Anthony Trollope. His plays God's Boys and The Winter Cup have been staged
by the Philadelphia Company.
Eloise Knapp Hay, Professor of nineteenth- and twentieth-century English and
American Literature at UC Santa Barbara, is author of books and articles on
Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot, Hawthorne, Dickens, Henry James, Kipling, and
Dr. Wendy Jacobson is the author of The Companion to The Mystery of Edwin
Drood, and has published several articles on Dickens and on John Fowles. She
teaches Victorian and Romantic literature at Rhodes University.
Professor James Kincaid is Aerol Arnold Professor of English at the University
of Southern California. His writings include Dickens and the Rhetoric of
Laughter, and most recently, Child-Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian
Culture and Annoying the Victorians.
Patrick McCarthy, Professor Emeritus of Victorian Literature at UC Santa
Barbara, has written about Dickens, Arnold, Tennyson and others.
Helena Michie is Professor of English at Rice University. She has written
widely on Victorian fiction and is the author of The Flesh Made Word: Female
Figures and Women's Bodies and of Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in
Literature and Culture.
Dr. David Parker is Curator of the Dickens House Museum in London. He has
published many studies of Dickens's life and writings.
Gordon Philo is an independent scholar living in London. Under the name of
Charles Forsyte, he has published many essays on Dickens and is the author of
The Decoding of Edwin Drood.