“Mankind Was My Business!:” Dickens and The Exploration of Humanity, Humanism, and Being Human

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
The Dickens Society
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The Dickens Society is sponsoring the following panel at the 2020 MLA Convention in Seattle, WA. 

Panel Title: “Mankind Was My Business!:” Dickens and The Exploration of Humanity, Humanism, and Being Human

Description: A renowned social critic, Dickens widely scrutinizes humanity throughout his work. Dickens may explore the plight of the prostitute, as in the case of Nancy in Oliver Twist, or educational reform, as evidenced through Mr. Gradgrind’s incessant desire for facts and numbers in Hard Times, but in both cases Dickens is, nevertheless, investigating the human condition. Dickens’s analysis of humanity does not fall on a single group or zeitgeist. Rather, Dickens meticulously and painstakingly questions humanity and humanism in all forms. This panel seeks papers that explore humanity, human behavior, humanitarianism, the human race, human beings, and human interest(s), broadly or specifically defined, in/or relating to the literature and/or life of Dickens. 

Submission: Send a 250-300 word abstract and short C.V. by 15 March 2019 to Dr. Amberyl Malkovich (amalkovich@concord.edu)