A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar
George Eliot’s fourth novel, Romola, superimposes Victorian themes and concerns onto the religious, political, and personal lives of 15th-century Florence. The result is a literary experience like no other; a challenging yet fascinating exploration of language, idealism, vision, and ambition, as the title character wrestles with the multiple power structures she is born into. This seminar invites participants to immerse themselves in the world(s) of the novel by reading and discussing it in consecutive parts, as originally published. Eight sessions via Zoom.
Thursdays 2pm-4pm, September 22 to November 10, 2022
For the first session, please read the novel’s “Proem” and chapters 1-5. Please do not read the introduction.
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George Eliot, Romola. Penguin Classics Edition (strongly recommended). ISBN: 978-0140434705.
Read the novel’s “Proem” and chapters 1-5
Image: Artemisia Gentileschi, Allegory of Rhetoric (1650)