The eighteenth- and nineteenth-century group encourages students to explore topics across more than one century. Students can define the temporal limits of their research in ways that most productively engage the subjects under investigation.
Students are encouraged to draw on the resources of the Center for the Book, which, in conjunction with the splendid eighteenth- and nineteenth-century holdings in the Special Collections of the University of Iowa's Main Library, provides material means for understanding print innovations ranging from the hand-press production of the early novel to the Victorian typography of William Morris.
Two English Ph.D. students in English are selected each year to attend the week-long Dickens Universe summer seminar held at the University of California at Santa Cruz the first week of August. The University of Iowa is one of over thirty international research universities that are members of the Dickens Project.