Joel Brattin, Dickens Scholar and WPI Professor, Discusses 'A Tale of Two Cities' on Minnesota Public Radio
Joel J. Brattin, professor of literature at WPI and a noted scholar on the life and works of Charles Dickens, appeared on the Kerri Miller Book Club on Minnesota Public Radio on Jan. 4 to discuss one of the Victorian novelist's most popular books.
Joel J. Brattin, professor of literature at WPI and a noted Charles Dickens scholar, appeared on Minnesota Public Radio on Jan. 4, 2010, to discuss one of the Victorian novelist's most popular works: A Tale of Two Cities. Brattin appeared on the Kerri Miller Book Club with fellow Dickens authority David Paroissien, research fellow at the University of Buckingham and professor emeritus of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The discussion ranged widely, touching on the origins of the novel, how Dickens approached writing about history, how the book's original publication in weekly parts affected its narrative structure, and the meaning of some of the book's most important themes--including the power of secrets.
Brattin has been studying the life and fiction of Charles Dickens for more than 30 years. He has published a range of articles and reviews treating Dickens in such journals as The Dickensian, Dickens Quarterly, and Dickens Studies Annual, and has contributed articles to the Oxford Companion to Dickens. He has served as trustee, secretary/treasurer, vice president, and president of the Dickens Society and is curator for the Robert Fellman Dickens Collection at WPI, considered one of the finest such archives in New England.
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January 4, 2010