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Dickens: David Copperfield

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About this Course

In this course, Dr Alfie Bown (University of Manchester) explores Dickens’ 1849-50 novel David Copperfield. After a brief introduction that sets the novel in its historical context, we turn to some of the major themes of the novel, including how Dickens thinks about the linearity of narrative (does he know what’s going to happen or not?), his interest in autobiography, the use of comedy in the novel, his interest in the physicality of writing, and the use of character and characterisation in the novel, looking in particular at Steerforth.

About the Lecturer

Dr Bown obtained his BA, MA and PhD from the University of Manchester before joining the Department of English at Hang Seng Management College in Hong Kong. His research interests include Critical Theory, 19th Century English and American Literature, Popular Culture and Psychoanalysis. His doctoral thesis is on laughter in 19th Century Literature. He is also the editor of Everyday Analysis, a blog and book series available at