Visions of 'terrible lizards'


The discovery in the nineteenth century of what we now know as dinosaurs caused a public sensation. In this video Curator Dr Adelene Buckland explains how this violent prehistoric world had a great effect on Dickens and his writing.

This video is the fifth in a series of six videos celebrating our special exhibition, Charles Dickens: Man of Science. The first video can be found herethe second can be found here, the third can be found here and the fourth can be found here.

Dr Adelene Buckland is a senior lecturer in nineteenth-century literature at King's College, London. Her specialism is science and literature, and she is the author of numerous articles on the subject, including a chapter on geology in The Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science (2017). She is the author of Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology (Chicago: 2013) for which she was the winner of the 2012 Marc-Auguste-Pictet Prize in the History of Science.


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