Charles Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge

In Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ’Eighty (1841), Charles Dickens crafts a haunting narrative of public violence and private horror. He uses the 1780 Gordon Riots to illuminate a host of private & social problems, such as sons struggling against tyrannical fathers, servants rebelling against masters, and Protestants protesting Catholics. These are some of the topics we will explore in a novel that has as much to say about the present as it does about the past.

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In an early and understudied novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ’Eighty (1841), Charles Dickens crafts a haunting narrative of public violence and private horror. He uses the 1780 Gordon Riots to illuminate a host of private and... See more social problems, such as sons struggling against tyrannical fathers, servants rebelling against masters, and Protestants protesting Catholics in search of religious tolerance. All of these tensions culminate in spectacularly bloody riots that take place on the streets of 18th-century London. These are some of the many topics we will explore as we read a novel that uncannily has as much to say about the present as it does about the past.

 

Reading Schedule:

Week 1: Preface and Chapters 1–19

Week 2: Chapters 20–41

Week 3: Chapters 42–63

Week 4: Chapters 64–82

NOTE:  Book not provided for the class. Please purchase the Penguin edition of the novel, edited by John Bowen (ISBN #: 978-0-140-43728-7).

Photo Credit:  “Barnaby Rudge and the Raven Grip" (1874) by Frederick Barnard



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