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ENG4452 – Reading Dickens: Texts and afterlives

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Course content

The course will give an introduction to Charles Dickens and his texts. In undertaking a close study of a small part of Dickens’s large universe, we will explore how his novels capture and negotiate central features of a modernity which we may still share. Such an undertaking raises issues related to the historicity of his texts and their durability, and we will be paying particular attention to Dickens’s afterlives in the academy, popular culture, films and TV series.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • acquired extensive knowledge about Charles Dickens and his literary works;
  • developed the ability to analyse texts within their social, political and cultural context.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master program in literature, LAP or other suitable master programs.

Recommended previous knowledge

Good written and oral abilities in English.


Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all. Regular attendance and active participation is required, e.g. in the form of one or more oral presentations.
Attendance is an obligatory class requirement (80%).


A term paper of 10 standard pages (topic to be decided between teacher and student).
All written papers must be accompanied by a declaration concerning cheating Obligatorisk erklæring vedr. fusk

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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.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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 offered irregularly

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