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 explores challenging issues of maturity, hypocrisy, sexuality, and the need for a humanistic view of religion, all performed in Eliot’s virtuosic prose. Weekly discussions will be supplemented with slides and film clips. Seven sessions.

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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 will link details of each installment with the novel’s historical, philosophical, literary, and cinematic legacy. Please note the specific edition of the book required. Seven sessions.

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