Books that Changed Humanity is a book club with a difference.
Each month, the Humanities Research Centre hosts an expert from one of a variety of disciplines, who will introduce and lead the discussion of a major historical text. All of these texts, which are drawn from a variety of cultural traditions, has had a formative influence on society and humanity. The series aims to highlight and revisit those books which have informed the way we understand ourselves, both individually and collectively, as human beings.
The series aims to bring together readers from all backgrounds and vocations. Individuals from beyond and within the university community are warmly invited to come, listen, and share their thoughts about some great works of literature over a friendly glass of wine. Though the events will be casual in nature, RSVP is essential, both for catering purposes and for the distribution of preliminary reading materials for each text.
In our fifth and final event for 2016, Associate Professor Jenny Gribble will introduce and discuss A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens in 1843.
Known formally as A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas, Dickens' novella tells the story of the peevish miser Ebenezer Scrooge, and details his miraculous yuletide transformation. In over 170 years, Dickens' novella has never been out of print - it is one of the most popular and widely read books in human history.
*There are no suggested readings for this event, though the full text of A Christmas Carol is available online via the University of Adelaide.
Jenny Gribble is an Honorary Research Associate and former Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. She has written extensively on the writings of Charles Dickens and is the author of The Lady of Shalott in the Victorian Novel (Macmillan, 1983) and Christina Stead (Oxford University Press, 1994), and editor of the Penguin Classics edition of George Eliot’s Scenes of a Clerical Life (1998). Her current research explores intertextuality and biblical references in Dickens.