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About this Lecture
In this module, we set the novel in its historical context, thinking in particular about Dickens’—and the Victorians’ more generally—interest in autobiography in the mid-nineteenth century.
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.
Alfie Bown is Lecturer in Digital Media Culture and Technology at Royal Holloway, University of London. His principle research interests are in psychoanalysis, digital media, critical theory and videogames, though he has also published in nineteenth-century studies, film studies and medieval studies. He is author of The Playstation Dreamworld (2017) and In the Event of Laughter (2018) among other things. His most recent book is an edited collection of essays entitled Post-Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production (2019).
Cite this Lecture
Bown, A. (2018, August 15). Dickens: David Copperfield - Introduction [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/dickens-david-copperfield/introduction-1cf100f6-1165-40ad-ac68-b3de3d9eaae8
Bown, Alfie. "Dickens: David Copperfield – Introduction." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/dickens-david-copperfield/introduction-1cf100f6-1165-40ad-ac68-b3de3d9eaae8