FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University and the Framingham Public Library will host a Lifelong Learning Lecture titled Dickens and His Fictions of Childhood on Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
Helen Heineman, President Emerita of Framingham State University, will present the first lecture in the 2021 Lifelong Learning series.
Dickens was the first to give children central roles in his novels, with characters like Oliver Twist, Little Nell, Tiny Tim, Paul Dombey and a host of others. Perhaps his own hard experiences in boyhood, sent to work at 12 in a dismal blacking factory, gave him this subject.
This lecture will examine several of his children and will also look at Dickens himself, father of ten children, at once loving, demanding, and distant. Importing the child into a central place in the novel, he made a difference in the way our culture thinks about children.
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If you registered for the Fall 2020 series, you do not need to re-register.