Dickens and the Law
Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies
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.
College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)
Department: Literary Studies (LLST)
Campus: New York City (GV)
Course Format: Seminar (R)
Max Enrollment: 18
Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)
Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)
Seats Available: Yes
* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.
* 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: 6:30am EST 2/5/2023