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Schedule | Montreal Dickens Fellowship

Montreal Dickens Fellowship
for the best of times

2020-2021 Schedule


September 8, 2020 (Tuesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM Meeting
Welcome back. Introduction to “Bleak House“.
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Selected Topics from Bleak House for Discussion/Presentation

The Chancery Courts
Dickens and the Law
Dickens and the Police
Bleak House as a Detective Novel
The Double Narrative in Bleak House
Mr. Tulkinghorn as the Devil
The Crystal Palace Exhibition1851
Dickens and “Telescopic Philanthropy”
The Illustrations of Bleak House
Diseases of the Victorian Era
Physicians of the Victorian Era
London Slums
London Sanitation
Dickens and Religion
Spontaneous Combustion
Opium Use in the Victorian Era
Bleak House as a Romance
Marriage in Bleak House
Parenthood in Bleak House
Orphans of Bleak House
Death and Burial in the Victorian Era

Punch and Judy/ The Smallweeds
The Significance of Names in Bleak House
Dickens and the Military
Theatricality in Bleak House
The Aristocracy in Bleak House
Feminism in Bleak House
Sexuality and Sin in Bleak House
Symbolism in Bleak House:
i.) Weather/ Fog/ Rain/ Wind/
ii.) Water/ Mud/ Decay
iii.)Paper
iv.) Birds
v.) Dolls
Characters Taken From Real Life: Mrs. Jellyby, Mrs. Pardiggle, Mr. Skimpole, Mr. Boythorn, Jarndyce V.S. Jarndyce
Individual Character Analyses
Compare and Contrast Characters
Servants in Bleak House
Franz Kafka’s “The Trial” and Bleak House
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1. Lincoln's Inn - Kenge and Carboys offices, Jarndyce and Jarndyce heard at Lincoln's Inn Hall, also at Westminster Hall
2. Cursitor Street: Sol's Arms Tavern
3. Cursitor Street: Krook's Rag and Bottle Shop - Miss Flite, Gridley, Nemo (Capt Hawdon), and Tony Jobling (Weevle) residence
4. Cooks Court: Snagby's Law Stationer Shop
5. Thavie's Inn - Jellyby's home
6. Hatton Garden - Jellyby's home after bankruptcy
7. Lincoln's Inn Fields - Tulkinghorn's residence
8. Symond's Inn - Vholes' office, Richard and Ada's residents after marriage.
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September 2020
M.C.L.L.
The very talented Andrew Macdougall will be moderating a study group on Dickens this fall:

Dear friends,
This Fall I am moderating an online study group on The Novels of Charles Dickens.
It will mainly consist of me performing readings from eight of his novels.

It is a seven week course on Zoom
Time: Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Duration: 7 weeks, starting Tuesday, Sept. 15 to Tuesday, October 27
Study Group Style: Moderator Presentation Group
Maximum number of Participants: 22

There is a cost, $100 I believe, but that allows you to register for other courses as well.
Instructions on how to register:

Our Fall program is now available at https://www.mcgill.ca/mcll/study-groups-lectures

Fall Registration Opens Online Only August 4, 2020

Duration: September 14 – November 27, 2020

Instructions on How to register online are available on the same page https://mcgill.ca/mcll/files/mcll/how_to_register_online_athena_0.pdf

In case you do not remember your Athena user name and password, you do not have to wait for the registration to open to reset them
https://mcgill.ca/mcll/files/mcll/forgot_password_for_registration.pdf

If you need help resetting your user name and password, please email us at caring.mcll@gmail.com and one of our volunteers will call you to help you.

if you get into difficulties just give me a call: 514-937-5527. Andrew

The McGill Community for Lifelong Learning is a community of dedicated moderators and learners from diverse backgrounds and life experience who are committed to personal growth through peer learning and active participation in small study groups. Members are encouraged to participate, and to research and use the McGill libraries. There are no educational prerequisites, no age limitations, no exams or grades -- and the cost is low.

Click on the following link to view a youtube video describing people's experiences at: McGill Community for Lifelong Learning


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October 20, 2020
(Tuesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM meeting
"Bleak House" Chapters 1-9

Questions on "Bleak House" Chapters 1-9
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November 3, 2020
(Tuesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM meeting
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December 1, 2020 (Tuesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM meeting
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January 5, 2021
(Tuesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM meeting
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February 2, 2021
(Tuesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM meeting
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March 2, 2021
(Tuesday)
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1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM meeting
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April 6 2021
(Tuesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM meeting
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May 4, 2021
(Tuesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM meeting
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June 1, 2021
(Tuesday)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
ZOOM meeting
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June 22, 2021
(Tuesday)


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Victorian Tea



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