Dickens and the Law

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2022

Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman

Section: A

CRN: 14078

Credits: 4

This course examines Charles Dickens’s unmatched depictions of the Law in its impact on individuals and as a character in its own right – as a powerful, pervasive system. Through a close reading of Dickens’s novels in the light of contemporary legal reforms, students consider how Dickens dramatizes the 19th-century laws of marriage, inheritance, debt, and capital punishment – through depictions of their ramifications for “illegitimate” children, vagrants, laborers, and prisoners. Readings extend from Dickens’s earliest fiction and journalism to his masterworks Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and A Tale of Two Cities.

This course fulfills the Single Author/Text requirement in Literary Studies.
After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:42pm 6/26/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022