Since its publication in 1843, Charles Dickens’ allegorical tale about a miserly businessman has never gone out of print. While the novella’s holiday-themed story is widely known, a close reading of the original text reveals sharp criticism of industrial capitalism and its devastating impact on social welfare. In this module we will read A Christmas Carol aloud together and explore its relevance and power today, both as evergreen social criticism and as a literary call to action. We will also explore the issue of hunger in the town of Bennington, Vermont, and engage in a public action project. Like the novella, this module will take place as the holidays approach, during the last three weeks of the term.
This course will be the fourth module beginning Wednesday, November 19 and ending Wednesday, December 10. No class will be held on November 26.