Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


English Literature

Committee Chair

Liahna Armstrong

Second Committee Member

George Drake

Third Committee Member

Lila Harper


The collected works of Charles Dickens have garnered countless critiques, not the least of which involve their social and political meaning, but what about the films based on these works? There are few nineteenth century authors who have been adapted to film more than Dickens. However, these cinematic works are often left under-analyzed; there is much to be said about Dickensian adaptations. Adaptations can be critically compared with the original, possibly showing changing societal values. So, by focusing on Dickens and his adaptations, we can expose societal values which have changed. Specifically, I will focus on the increased societal acceptance of an economic ruling class; Dickens critiqued the economic ruling class in a manner which later adaptations of his work were unwilling to portray.