The Victorian Reinvention of Christmas

Ref: C3747582

This one-off class will discover how the Victorian Age reinvented Christmas. We shall discuss Dickens, Hardy and others, the feast of Christmas itself, and the context in which the reinvention occurs - Post-Darwin and during a crisis of faith in Britain.

Course aim

The course will explore the nineteenth century reinvention of Christmas.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • you will be able to explain how the reinvention of Christmas occurs during a decline in faith in Britain.
  • you will be able to explain the literature of Dickens, Hardy and others and how this reshaped Christmas.
  • you will be able to explain how Christmas Day evolved into the secular festival we know today.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All examples will be provided on Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Victorian Reinvention of Christmas

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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