Dickens and the Law

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2018

Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman

Section: A

CRN: 7336

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.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 12:16pm 12/12/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 518

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/13/2018