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A Serial Reading of David Copperfield

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Immerse yourself in Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield by reading it in serialized parts —the way Victorian readers consumed the novel.

David Copperfield Steerforth and Mr Mell. Source: Hablot Knight Browne, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield is one of the Victorian era’s most beloved books, filled with memorable characters, entertaining plot twists, social critique, and poignant insights.

This class invites participants to immerse themselves in the world of the novel by reading it in consecutive parts reflecting the original publication schedule. As we work our way through the novel, our spoiler-free discussions will also feature film excerpts and other visual media.

Steven J. Venturino, PhD, the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, has led seminars at the Newberry Library and taught at Loyola University Chicago.

Materials List


First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read only chapters 1-3, but please do not read the introduction.

Cost and Registration

This class is full, but you can still register for the waitlist on Learning Stream.

Eight sessions, $305 ($274.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.

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