Rosemarie Bodenheimer: Class, Shame and Aspiration

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This talk was given on March 9, 2013 at Bowdoin College as part of the 2013 Winter Weekend programming. Rosemarie Bodenheimer is an English professor at Boston College and author  of  Knowing Dickens

In this podcast she states, “Great Expectations is Dickens’s most profound exploration of shame and its perverse effects on the psychology of its hero.” Bodenheimer explores the character Pip’s shame in the context of Charles Dickens’s struggles with class and his own high aspirations. Dickens both criticizes and empathizes with Pip.  In this thought-provoking talk, Bodenheimer discusses the “characters deceived by the stories they tell themselves about their own lives.”