Michael Slater: Dickens and Childhood
Monday, 18 June 2012
11am - 8pm, V&A Museum of Childhood, London
Dickens was a perceptive observer of the stages of child development, and records his own incoherent and overwhelming feelings of love, joy, fear and pain in his great novels of childhood: David Copperfield and Great Expectations. He was himself the father of 10 children, one of whom died in infancy. His writing swarms with babies, infants and children, scrabbling their way to maturity in the bewildering adult world. The V&A Museum of Childhood is hosting a one-day conference on 'Dickens and Childhood'. The day will include walks, lectures, readings, and parallel sessions on topics that will appeal to students, Dickens experts, and the ‘common reader.’ The line-up of speakers includes the acclaimed Dickens biographer Michael Slater.
Venue: V&A Museum of Childhood, London
Tickets: Whole day: £30 (£25 student concs); Afternoon plus reception: £25 (£20 student concs); Reception plus symposium: £12 (£10 student concs). For more info visit the Childhood Museum website or download the Dickens and Childhood Leaflet.
Slater's account, rooted in deep research but written with affection, clarity, and economy, illuminates the context of each of the great novels while locating the life of the author within the imagination that created them. It highlights Dickens' boundless energy, his passion for order and fascination with disorder, his organizational genius, his deep concern for the poor and outrage at indifference towards them, his susceptibility towards young women, his love of Christmas and fairy tales, and his hatred of tyranny. Richly and precisely illustrated with many rare images, this masterly work on the complete Dickens, man and writer, becomes the indispensable guide and companion to one of the greatest novelist.