On ShortList.com, Great Expectations (1946) is named one of the 40 best movie adaptations; at the Telegraph, the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities is named one of the 30 great opening lines in literature.
Not everyone would agree, but Dr. John Mark Reynolds demonstrates that Dickens makes a pretty convincing argument for basic feminism -- "the equal and full humanity of women and men before Providence" -- in Dombey and Son.
"Now, there are (if I can speak in hushed tones for a moment) those who do not like Dickens at all. There are some who look askance at the buffoonery and high spirits and wish for something more refined. 'If those people are ever refined it will be by fire' is Chesterton’s response, but he does acknowledge that Dickens poses some special problems for modern critics. There is something in his writing that is out of temper with our times, a sense that a critical apparatus which can seize upon Thackeray or Eliot with a firm grip will somehow slip and grasp emptiness when applied to Dickens. Chesterton noted this already a century ago, and ascribed it to the powerful simplicity of Dickens’ genius:
Dickens has greatly suffered with the critics precisely through this stunning simplicity in his best work. The critic is called upon to describe his sensations while enjoying Mantalini and Micawber, and he can no more describe them than he can describe a blow in the face. Thus Dickens, in this self-conscious, analytical and descriptive age, loses both ways. He is doubly unfitted for the best modern criticism. His bad work is below that criticism. His good work is above it."
Riverside, California, is getting ready for its annual Dickensfest. The featured book this year is Hard Times. And the Press-Enterprise has some details about the choral concert that will be part of the festival.
Johns Hopkins University student and Dickens fan Jessica Terekhov is lucky enough to work with first editions and other rare copies of Dickens's work, in her job at the university's Sheridan Libraries. She tells about the experience here!
Dr. Avi Ohry of Tel Aviv University has written a journal article claiming that Dickens's works helped change society's attitude toward the disabled. An abstract is here and a fuller description of the article is here.