The CLiC Dickens Day: celebrating the end of an AHRC-funded project
The CLiC Dickens team celebrated the successful conclusion of their AHRC-funded project with the CLiC Dickens Day on 1 December.
This event took place at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, of which Charles Dickens was one of the early presidents. The team have written a blog post about the day’s events, which included panels about research into digital approaches to fiction, how to bring research insights into the English classrooms of secondary schools and results from the CLiC Dickens project. The event concluded with a reception and a reading of the ‘Sikes and Nancy’ scene from Oliver Twist by actor Simon Vaughan.
A major output from the project is the CLiC web app, which allows anyone to explore patterns in the texts of an expanding collection of books (currently 138). The CLiC corpora include Dickens’s 15 novels, a large number of A-Level and GCSE texts by a variety of authors and a corpus of 71 children’s books.