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A Serial Reading of Little Dorrit

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar Charles Dickens’s challenging novel Little Dorrit explores poverty and privilege, fact and fiction, history and memory, the human capacity for fiction, and the experience of confinement. In this seminar, we will read and discuss the novel in manageable weekly installments (with no spoilers), following its characters and themes through the streets […]

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Introducing Trollope: The Warden

A Newberry Adult Education Seminar Anthony Trollope’s 1855 novel The Warden revolves around an English cleric whose comfortable living is called into question not only by progressive voices in society but by his own conscience. While inaugurating the expansive Barsetshire series, The Warden on its own is a relatively short, intense examination of emotion, moral choice, and the social […]

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A Serial Reading of The Mill on the Floss

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar See https://www.newberry.org/WS21GeorgeEliot for full registration information. Image: “Maggie Tulliver in the Boat,” by F. S. Church for the Handy Volume Edition of George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss, 1880 (Boston: Dana Estes & Company). https://babel.hathitrust.org.

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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 […]

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Essentials of Literary and Film Theory

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar This seminar, scheduled for the winter/spring 2020 term, is now concluded. This seminar offers a lively survey of literary and film theory basics. Through literary excerpts, film clips, lecture, and discussion, our sessions will explore how writers, filmmakers, philosophers, and artists—from Plato to Toni Morrison—help us appreciate the importance […]