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E.g., 06/29/2015
E.g., 06/29/2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Persuasion: An Exploration of Jane Austen’s Novel

10 am – noon

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 for waitlist.

Persuasion was Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Often described as having an “autumnal” mood, it is a richly textured work about romantic second chances, social change, and integrity. The first two weeks of the seminar will consist of in-depth discussions of Persuasion, followed by sessions devoted to the novel’s historical context, critical interpretations, and modern literary…

Saturday, June 6, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The World of Russian Fairy Tales

Section A: 10 am – noon, Section B: 1 – 3 pm

Online registration closed. Call (312)-255-3700 to register.

We will enter the world of Russian fairy tales, one of the largest collections of folk stories in Western literature. Exploring Russian beliefs and myths—from both pagan and Christian traditions—we will examine the structure and meaning of the fairy tales, as well as their influence on Russian literature, music, opera, ballet, art, and film. For the first meeting, please read pages 3-37 in...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Chicago Playwrights and Their Plays

6 – 7:30 pm

This class is full. Call (312) 255-3533 for the waitlist.

Seminar Description

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
River Life: Twain's Huck Finn and Cormac McCarthy's Suttree

5:45 – 7:45 pm

It’s time to tackle a virtually unknown American masterpiece and revisit one that’s familiar, but misread. Suttree (1979) has been called “unsurpassed in American Literature,” and McCarthy’s “magnum opus”—but it’s rarely read. We’ll crack it open by revisiting Huck Finn, a novel we think we remember. There’s an affinity: Cornelius Sutree has been called “a...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Moby-Dick: Reading and Envisioning an American Epic

5:45 – 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 for waitlist.

From the most famous first sentence in American literature to the climactic chase scene, reading Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is a great challenge—and memorable experience—in the life of any reader. This seminar will help participants chart an exciting course through the novel. We will also explore many of the beautiful illustrated editions of the book held in the Newberry’s…

Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Summertime Shakespeare

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Shakespeare is never out of season, but these six plays—A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry IV, parts 1 and 2; Romeo and Juliet; Measure for Measure; and Much Ado About Nothing—will make for a profound and dreamy summer that will take us to the far frontiers of the real and the unreal, to the heights of passion and comedy, to deep within the waste of a world in decay…

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
A Serious Look at Comedy: Five Plays From 1599-1743

2 – 4 pm

Five comedies will serve as the foundation for exploring the rich and complex relationship between writer, performer, and audience. We will read Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Molière’s The Middle-Class Gentleman, Wycherley’s The Country Wife, Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, and Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. Participants will also view and discuss video clips of these …

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds: Imaginative Science and Social Commentary

5:45 – 7:45 pm

A prominent historian of science once astutely observed that The War of the Worlds (1898) launched not only Wells’s literary career, but also that of the alien. In the novel, Wells also famously predicted the brutality of twentieth-century warfare and technology’s role in diminishing personal security. This seminar will explore the book’s origin, scientific content, social-scientific themes...

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Writing for the Theater

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Seminar Description

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Let's Go Shopping! Zola's Octave Mouret Novels

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Octave Mouret, gifted seducer in Émile Zola’s novels Pot Luck (Pot-Bouille) and The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames), had an advantage over his rivals in mid-nineteenth-century Paris. He knew what women wanted and, as the owner of the largest department store in the city, he could deliver the goods. Through his rise from a salesman to the sovereign of style in Paris…

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