While this course was one of several that fit conveniently into my schedule this semester and added another check to the list of classes that are required for me to graduate, I have to admit that I was looking forward to finding out more about this class. Charles Dickens is one of the greatest authors of all time (or so I’ve heard). Though I have only read Oliver Twist and seen several cinematic adaptations of his classic A Christmas Carol (including the one with Scrooge McDuck and Mickey Mouse) I am very curious to learn more about him. I also think it would be interesting to explore more of the 1800s and see how/if certain historic events influenced his writing and how it may have affected Dickens himself. I think this class will be challenging and fascinating.