Dickens travels to the Ends of the Earth


After Dickens’s death in 1870, his stories travelled to every corner of the globe. Join Professor Juliet John as she tells the story of an extraordinary copy of David Copperfield that went to Antarctica and back with Captain Scott’s men on the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition.

This video is the second in a series of three videos celebrating our special exhibition, Global Dickens: For Every Nation Upon Earth. The first video can be found here.


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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