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The Artful Dickens – with John Mullan

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What is so good about Dickens’ novels? John Mullan will answer that question in a talk rich with examples from Dickens' writing.
What is so good about Dickens’ novels? John Mullan will answer that question in a talk rich with examples from Dickens’ writing. He will explore the mingling of comedy and melodrama, hilarity and hyperbole, deadly satire and flights of fancy. Dickens may now be seen as part of the literary “old-guard”, but as Mullan will demonstrate, his work was both experimental and daring. Dickens plays tricks with narrative that had never been played before and has created a body of work that also works superbly when read out loud.

This is a talk for those who already enjoy Dickens – and for those who have yet to do so.

John Mullan is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He has published widely on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. His books include What Matters in Jane Austen? (Bloomsbury, 2012). He is also a broadcaster and journalist and writes on contemporary fiction for the Guardian. He is the author of How Novels Work (OUP, 2006) and in 2009 was one of the judges for the Man Booker Prize. His most recent book is The Artful Dickens (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Tickets £8 (£5 concessions)

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