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The Sarah Cutts Frerichs Lectureship
in Victorian Studies

"Sentiment to Cinema:  Revisiting Eisenstein on Dickens and Griffith"
April 18, 2012
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
5:30 - 7:00pm









James Chandler
Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor
Department of English Language and Literature
University of Chicago
Director, Franke Institute for the Humanities

What do we mean when we call Dickens' imagination "cinematic"?  The most celebrated answer to this question occurs in what may be the most influential single piece of writing on the relation of film to literature, Sergei Eisenstein's 1944 essay,  "Dickens, Griffith, and the Film Today."  Eisenstein, however, is interested in this connection chiefly as a way of producing a genealogy of Soviet-style "dialectical montage."  What he disregards in the Dickens-Griffith connection, more or less deliberately, is the rich highly articulated tradition of eighteenth-century sentimentalism, with all its evolved forms and procedures.  That neglected connection is subject of this lecture, and like, Eisenstein, Prof. Chandler looked at how Griffith adapted Dickens' second most famous Christmas tale, "The Cricket on the Hearth," for a 1909 one-reeler of the same title.

"The Case of the Literary Spectator"
April 19, 2012
Frerichs Master Seminar
70 Brown Street, Barker Room
1:00 - 3:00pm

Speaker James Chandler conducted a master seminar for faculty and invited graduate students. Assigned reading required prior to day of seminar.

Click here for a biography of Sarah Cutts Frerichs.

More information about James Chandler.

A copy of the poster.