Program Details


Taylor Hagood
Arts & Letters / Storytelling

Course Description

Charles Dickens was one of the greatest novelists in English literary history. Few writers have ever equaled and perhaps none have ever surpassed him in creating memorable characters and depicting London in the Victorian era. A master of creating the flat character, Dickens skillfully negotiated sentimentality while presenting human cruelty and suffering with edges softened by a gentle sympathy and humor. This series seeks to bring Dickens to life and to delve into his novels to find the deep connections those works achieve. 


  1. Dickens's Life and Times
  2. Oliver Twist
  3. The Old Curiosity Shop
  4. David Copperfield
  5. Little Dorrit
  6. A Tale of Two Cities
  7. Great Expectations
  8. Our Mutual Friend

About the Instructor

  • Taylor Hagood, PhD, is a professor of American literature at Florida Atlantic University. He has published several books, including Faulkner; Writer of Disability (winner of the 2014 C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies), has lectured in venues throughout North America and Europe and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich (2009-2010).

     Lifelong Learning Professorship of Arts and Letters, 2014-2015

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