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Welcome to the class blog. This is the class blog for David Owen’s group studying “Victorian Literature”, a one-semester subject within the Degree in English Studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. This blog will be used instead of Campus Virtual, and will contain comments on aspects of our sessions throughout the semester. The primary intention…
2016-10-20 17:00
In today’s class, which served as an introduction both to Anne Brontë and to Tenant, we touched on the relationship between Charlotte and Anne (big sister/littlest sister), and al… Read More
D.I.V.O.R.C.E
2016-10-20 13:52
In the late 1960s, the legendary US Country singer Tammy Wynette had a hit with a song called “D.I.V.O.R.C.E”, a word that—in the narrative of the song—had to be spe… Read More
The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall
2016-10-19 20:28
[Image by Kitty-Grim] We’ll be starting this novel very soon; to help you revise certain issues within the essential plot, here are the first two instalments of a 1996… Read More
Would The Real Mr Fagin Please Stand Up?
2016-10-13 16:24
Of all the extraordinary, vivid and remarkable characters in Oliver Twist, Fagin is surely the greatest of Dickens’ achievements. In fact, he has transcended this novel to become… Read More
2016-10-12 09:45
As you know, all institutional communications sent to you by the UAB, by the faculty or by the department will ALWAYS be sent to your UAB campus e-mail address. However, it’s also the… Read More
Voicelessness And Visibility
2016-10-06 15:28
This week’s post will start moving away from the class-summary format that I’ve been following so far, and instead will start focussing on particular aspects of our sessions tha… Read More
Oliver’s Journey (to London, To Life)
2016-09-29 16:42
In this week’s classes, we once again recalled the way in which Dickens’ novel militates against the so-called Poor Law, a law that in part derives from a political response to… Read More
Approaching Poverty Through Irony
2016-09-29 16:33
In Oliver Twist, Dickens makes a constant, systematic use of literary irony to draw attention to the inequalities and injustice created by child poverty. His authorial achievements hav… Read More
2016-09-26 09:15
With apologies for the delay, here’s a podcast on Dickens and the figure of The Child Read More

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