UCC ACE Short courses

Charles Dickens: The Man, The Novels, The Legacy NEW (taught online only)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Charles Dickens: The Man, The Novels, The Legacy NEW (taught online only)

  • Code

  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Eight weeks, Fridays 10:30am-12:30pm, from 29 January to 19 March 2021

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €200 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be minimum eighteen years at course commencement See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Monday 18 January 2021

  • Start Date

    Friday 29 January 2021

Course Outline

Celebrated for his masterful plots, eccentric characters and prodigious literary output, Charles Dickens is one of the giants of Victorian literature and the first global celebrity author. This course explores the works of this Victorian pop-culture icon in the context of his life and times. Focusing largely on six of his major works, we will trace Dickens's extraordinary literary career and ever-increasing fame from the humorous hijinks of The Pickwick Papers to the artistic mastery of the great novels of the 1850s and 60s. We will also examine the cultural afterlife of Dickens’ novels in film, TV, and other media.

Week 1. Charles Dickens: his life and times, and his entry into the literary marketplace with Pickwick.

Week 2. Oliver Twist.

Week 3. Martin Chuzzlewit.

Week 4. David Copperfield.

Week 5. Bleak House.

Week 6. Great Expectations.

Week 7. Our Mutual Friend.

Week 8. Dicken’s Christmas stories and his legacy.

Course Practicalities


Short courses are non-assessed

Who teaches on this course

Emma Dore-Horgan is pursuing doctoral research at the University of Oxford; and holds a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from the Open University, an MA in Philosophy from UCC and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from UCD. She is particularly interested in the nineteenth-century novel and the work of the Brontës, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Hardy.



Why Choose This Course

This course represents an opportunity to explore the career of a literary phenomenon – an author who enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame, sparked a serial publishing craze and is unique among novelists for his highly theatrical public performances of his own works. If you admire Dickens’ ability to mix comedy and pathos and his savage indictment of social injustice, or if you simply want to learn more about the famed author of those sprawling, big books, then this is the course for you.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €200.

How Do I Apply

To book this course please proceed to the booking area at https://open.ucc.ie/   Exceptional Education Experiences at UCC.  Click into your selected course and access the registration pages through the Enrol button.

A detailed guide to the new booking system, ACE Short Course Catalogue Guide, is available at the Foreward page at https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace/courses/shortcourses/

The closing date for applications is Monday 18 January 2021. Students register and pay fees before course commencement which is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.

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