Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens – a discussion in the library 1st July 2015

An opportunity to discuss some of our most influential books with Humanities and Creative Arts scholars from UNE.

When: 5.30-6.30pm, Wednesday 1st July 2015

Where: Armidale Dumaresq Council War Memorial Library, 122 Faulkner Street Armidale


Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Jennifer McDonell and Richard Scully: 01 July

Oliver Twist (1837-1839) is widely regarded as Charles Dickens’s great early masterpiece. The inspiration for numerous film and stage adaptations, the novel of the innocent orphan who remains pure despite his exposure to the worst of London’s social and criminal cultures, holds its place in the public imagination like few other works. We will explore in particular the way Dickens collaborated with his illustrator, George Cruikshank, to produce a textual and visual world that explores not only poverty and social reform but also illustrates how individuals might defy those pressures that identify and fix them.

Presented by Dr Jennifer McDonell and Dr Richard Scully. Dr McDonell teaches and has published widely in the area of Victorian literature and culture, with a particular interest in the relationship between literature and art, and perceptions of animals in the Victorian period. Dr Scully’s chief research focus is the history of the political cartoon and satirical art (the subject of his current book manuscript Eminent Victorian Cartoonists)


Discussions planned for the remainder of the year:

  • Marcus Clark, For the Term of His Natural Life, with David Roberts and Matt Allen 5th August 2015
  • Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, with Jennifer Clark and Robyn Bartel 2nd September 2015

Picture credit: Charles Dickens by Don, garryknight