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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.


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Saturday, April 22 • 2:50pm - 3:10pm
The Reader's Experience: Recontextualizing Dickens's David Copperfield

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Scholars have been dedicated to recreating the Victorian reading experience for decades. Robyn Warhol’s experimental website, Reading Like a Victorian, which she presented here for UMM’s 2016 Barber Lecture, is one of the most recent attempts at doing so in the classroom. Warhol’s project engages effectively with the Victorian reader experience through recreating the serialization integral to that experience. However, there are still gaps between the Victorian reading experience and that of contemporary readers who engage with Victorian novels like Dickens’ David Copperfield. Because contemporary readers lack much of the context of the Victorian period, they are often disconnected from the cultural nuances of the novel’s themes--a circumstance which alters and ultimately diminishes the emotional impact of the narrative. In this presentation, we will identify specific contextual gaps between the original David Copperfield and its more contemporary film adaptations--specifically, those from 1960 and 1995. We will then provide pragmatic strategies for recontextualizing the story in order to maintain its cultural and emotional nuances, offering a example of what that could look like through our own partial David Copperfield screenplay.

Saturday April 22, 2017 2:50pm - 3:10pm
John Q. Imholte Hall, Room #112 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267