Hiram College

Associate Professor of English Kirsten Parkinson’s essay, “’What do you play, boy?’: Card Games in Great Expectations” will appear in the June issue of “Dickens Quarterly.”

Parkinson developed the idea for this essay in a course on Dickens she taught in the fall of 2005. She says the essay, “examines the role of various card games, including whist, beggar-my-neighbor, patience (which we know as solitaire in the United States), in developing the themes of class mobility and status in the novel, particularly the idea of the gentleman.”