Charles Dickens: Lecture series for AS, A-Level and IB students

Charles Dickens writes about the supernatural in many of his works including his novels, short stories and journalism. A Hankering after Ghosts: Charles Dickens and the Supernatural is a display that examines what the references reveal about the author’s own personal and occasionally surprising ideas on the phenomena, which in turn reflect the evolving scientific theories and beliefs prevalent in 19th-century England.

To accompany this display, a series of lectures about 19th century Gothic literature will be offered to AS, A-Level and IB English students. Lectures will take place in the British Library’s Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre. Students can attend a 1-hour talk and follow it with an independent visit to the Dickens display. This will be particularly suitable for students going on to study English at undergraduate level.

Lectures are free of charge and will provide students with an opportunity to:

  • hear from expert speakers and ask questions
  • be inspired by speakers and their passion for the subject
  •  broaden their understanding of Dickens in the context of 19th-century Gothic literature

Also available online for students and teachers: original source material and readings by Simon Callow.

Speakers and lectures include:

Charles Dickens writing

John Bowen - Dickens: Haunted by the Gothic

Tuesday 21 February, 11-12pm and 2-3pm. FULLY BOOKED.

Illustration of Miss Havisham

Charmian Knight - Witches and the Woman Question

Thursday 23 February, 11-12pm and 2-3pm FULLY BOOKED


Phil Davies - Performing Dickens

Friday 24 February, 11-12pm and 2-3pm