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.