Curly Locks and Global Fame: Dickens the International Celebrity
Dickens quickly became an international celebrity, drawing huge American crowds during his visit to the country in the early 1840s. In this video Professor John explains how his hair became the focus of his global fame – the subject of criticism and admiration – and how Dickens fell out of love with America.
Professor Juliet John is Head of the School of Humanities and Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her work has focused predominantly on the relationship between Dickens's work and the popular cultural contexts of the Victorian and post-Victorian periods and her books include 'Dickens and Mass Culture' (Oxford University Press 2010), and 'Dickens and Modernity' (English Association, 2012). Her article on ‘Dickens’s Global Art’ (E-rea, 13.2 (2016) was formative in the co-curation of the Global Dickens exhibition.
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