A Serial Reading of Bleak House

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar

See https://www.newberry.org/F20BleakHouse for full registration information.

This seminar presents Charles Dickens’s masterpiece Bleak House in eight manageable weekly serial installments. We’ll read each installment and discuss it—with no spoilers—until we reach the novel’s end. Our discussions will explore Dickens’s humor, social commentary, psychological depth, and dazzling assortment of narrative styles. It may look like a novel, but we’ll come to see that Bleak House is really a variety show with a plot, and serial reading invites us to fully experience the many layers of this fascinating work. For the first session, please read only chapters 1-3. Do not read the book’s introduction or preface. After that, we will follow the schedule of installments below.

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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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