Nineteenth-Century Centre

The Nineteenth-Century Centre at the University of Birmingham provides a collaborative network for scholars working across traditional disciplinary, national, and temporal boundaries. We host regular events of interest to our members and mobilise the rich resources of the local area to support both research and teaching.

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Posted 16 November 2018

Liminality in David Copperfield

In this guest post, Sophie Phelps explores 'liminal' Dickensian characters who are not quite children and not quite adults, as she shows with a case study of David Copperfield's "child-wife" Dora.

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[Image above: The Death of Chatterton by Henry Wallis (1855-56), oil on canvas, 254x174mm, Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham. For more information, visit Birmingham Museum Trust’s collection website.]