Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and Public Action (MOD2136.04)

Brooke Allen; Alison Dennis

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.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 1
W 4:10pm - 6:00pm; 6:30pm - 8:20pm on November 18, December 2, and December 9.
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Literature, Modules: Transferable Approaches, One Credit, Three Week, 2000, Advancement of Public Action, Brooke Allen, Alison Dennis.