This course is discontinued

ENG4327 – Reading Dickens

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Course content

The course will give an introduction to the literary universe of Charles Dickens. The primary texts will be seen against some of the strongest recent theoretical contributions in the field of "Dickens Studies". During the course we will be exploring a number of new perspectives on this author during the last few decades and we will study Dickens’s productivity in relation to theoretical developments.

Learning outcome

Students will get acquainted with some central texts by Charles Dickens and with his position within English-language literature and culture more generally. This will include an understanding of the special traits of 19th-century literature, as well as the relationship between this author and more recent developments within literary theory.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students from outside the literature programme will need at least 20 study points of English-language literature, English language or civilization.

Recommended previous knowledge

Good written and oral abilities in English.


The course is taught throughout the semester with 2 hours per week, 28 hours in all. In the middle of the semester there is a two-week period without teaching, which will be used for self-study and work with assignments. Attendance is required.


Students must give an oral presentation during the semester (pass/fail). Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given. The evaluation is based on a 10-page essay.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.


Minimum 3 students, maximum 15. Students admitted for the Master programme in literature (English language specialisation) will be given priority.

With a somewhat extended reading list, the module will count as 15 study points in the old system.

Facts about this course






This course is continued as ENG4452 – Reading Dickens: Texts and afterlives (discontinued)


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