Charles Dickens: Lessons Imparted and Lessons Learned (Dickens Society Panel)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Kristin A. Le Veness/ NeMLA
contact email: 

Richard Carstone in Bleak House declares, "I have learned a lesson now, sir. It was a hard one, but you shall be assured, indeed, that I have learned it." Dickens characters still resonate with the modern reader, and their struggles and lessons learned reach readers on both an emotional and practical level. This panel invites abstracts exploring the various lessons Dickens tries to impart through his novels. How are these lessons situated in their contemporary historic/socio-economic milieu? Are they still valuable today, and if so, how do they translate to our modern concerns, values and sensitivities? Papers are invited to examine the expected and unexpected lessons in Charles Dickens' works. Please submit abstracts directly to This panel is sponsored by the DIckens Society.