PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Goldie Morgentaler

How Dickens Invented Christmas and Why it Matters

Dr. Goldie Morgentaler, Department of English

It has been claimed that Charles Dickens invented the way we think about Christmas by publishing “A Christmas Carol” in 1843 to enormous popular acclaim, making it an instant classic. This paper will lay out the forgotten history of “A Christmas Carol,” which was not intended as a feel-good fairy-tale, but as an enraged tirade against the evils of capitalism. “A Christmas Carol” provides a perfect example of how great writing can influence culture and how vital literature can be to the well-being of society. Research Article: Morgentaler revels in the beauty of literature

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