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Bowdoin Book Lecture Series: Aviva Briefel on 'A Christmas Carol'

  • 12/11/2012 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Moulton Union, Main Lounge
  • Event Type: Lecture

Bowdoin Book Lecture Series: Aviva Briefel on 'A Christmas Carol'"What Do Ghosts Teach Us about Poverty? A Lecture on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol" by Aviva Briefel, Associate Professor of English and Film Studies.

"Readers often refer to Charles Dickens’s 1843 novel A Christmas Carol as responsible for the modern invention of Christmas. At the same time, it offers a sustained and direct critique of working class conditions of early Victorian England, an aspect that modern cinematic adaptations and retellings often overlook or overwrite. In this lecture, we will focus on how and why Dickens chose to convey his social critique through the fictional medium of ghosts. What is it about the supernatural that lends itself particularly well to class criticism?"--Aviva Briefel