A Serial Reading of Middlemarch

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar  

This Newberry Seminar is now concluded. It was held in the fall of 2019. 

To celebrate the author’s bicentenary, this seminar explores George Eliot’s Victorian masterpiece Middlemarch in manageable weekly installments for serial reading and discussion—with no spoilers! The result is an engaging in-depth look at Eliot’s literary technique as well as her insights into culture, science, art, and psychology. Weekly discussions will be supplemented with slides and film clips. Nine sessions. 

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A Serial Reading of David Copperfield

This Newberry Seminar is now concluded. It was held in the spring of 2018.

Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield is one of the Victorian era’s most beloved books, filled with memorable characters, entertaining plot twists, and poignant insights. This seminar invites participants to immerse themselves in the world of the novel by reading it in consecutive parts reflecting the original publication schedule. Our spoiler-free discussions will also focus on the novel’s relation to cinema and other visual arts. Eight sessions.

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