Great Expectations: Dianne Sadoff on the Dickens Legacy and its Cinematic Afterlife

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Dianne Sadoff, Professor of English at Rutgers University and author of Victorian Vogue: British Novels on Screen, delivered this talk as part of the 2013 Winter Weekend programming. The talk was held on March 9, 2013 at Bowdoin College.

In this podcast she sets Great Expectations in the context of Dickens’s rise to fame and success with self-marketing. Sadoff states that Dickens “invented himself as an author [and] established himself as a cultural celebrity.” Her analysis extends to the cinematic context of Dickens’s work, looking at the voice, perspective, and visual imagining of the novel through the lens of modern film adaptations.