Dickensian Cultures and Communities (MLA)

deadline for submissions: 
March 22, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
The Dickens Society
contact email: 

Dickens remains one of the most visible Anglophone authors, with his fiction adapted regularly for the stage and screen and frequently taught and discussed by scholars. His hypercanonicity has also inspired more diverse, ephemeral forms of engagement across a range of cultural contexts, from popular visual and material cultures, through to literary tourism and festivals, and on to the practices of collectors and fans in both analogue and online contexts. This session invites contributions that analyse an aspect or aspects of this vast and still relatively underexplored terrain.

Papers are encouraged that discuss ephemeral traces of the Dickensian across cultural contexts and temporal periods, whether in the author’s own time, in the period between his death and the end of the twentieth century, or in relation to contemporary (digital) culture.

Abstracts of 250-300 words and a short CV should be sent to the session chair Chris Louttit at chris. louttit@ru.nl by Friday, 22 March 2024. This session sponsored by the Dickens Society will take place at the 2025 MLA Conference (9-12 January) held in New Orleans, LA.