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Courses Newberry Library Seminar

A Serial Reading of Adam Bede

This Newberry Seminar is now concluded. It was held in the fall of 2018.  To celebrate George Eliot’s bicentennial year, this seminar presents the author’s first full-length novel in manageable weekly installments for serial reading and discussion—no spoilers. Published in 1859 (twelve years before her celebrated Middlemarch) and widely acclaimed in its time, Adam Bede […]

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A Serial Reading of Frankenstein

This Newberry Seminar is now concluded. It was held in the fall of 2018.  Everyone has heard of Frankenstein, but how many of us have really read it closely? 2018 marks the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s extraordinary novel, and this seminar is structured around a serial reading of the original 1818 text. Our weekly discussions […]

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Serial Reading Guides

The Age of Innocence Serial Reading Guide

This guide will help you read Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence in three sessions. The parts of the guide should not be read all at once, but read in conjunction with the relevant “installment” of the novel. Begin by reading through part 1 (there will be no spoilers). Then read the corresponding portion of […]

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Courses Newberry Library Seminar

The Art of Silent Film

This Newberry Library seminar is now concluded. It was held in the spring of 2016. This seminar invites you to watch and discuss twelve international masterpieces of the silent film era, all while exploring the proposition that silent movies are much more than simply “movies without sound”—they comprise instead a distinct art form. By exploring […]

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Moderately Bestselling

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

by Steven J. Venturino Alpha Books/Penguin/DK, 2013 Used in colleges and college-prep courses in the US, AS/A2 prep in the UK, and by interested readers and writers everywhere. Paperback and e-book available at IndieBound.org, Amazon, and your invaluable local library. Authoritative. Helpful. Funny. . . . You’ll see. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and […]