Upcoming Literature and Theater Seminars

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Starting September 19, 2015
Saturdays, September 19 - November 21
Online Registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Led by Julia Krivenstova Denne
Seminar Description What makes Ivan Turgenev a superb stylist and psychologist? What is Turgenev’s Russia? How do Turgenev’s works fit into the ideological polemics of his time? We will discuss Turgenev’s novels Rudin, A Nest of Gentry...
Starting September 19, 2015
Saturdays, September 19 - November 7
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch
Seminar Description What do wasps and canals have to do with literature? What elements affected the development of literature in nineteenth-century America? We will explore the literary culture of this period in American letters by focusing on the...
Starting September 29, 2015
Tuesdays, September 29 - November 17
Led by Todd Bauer
Seminar Description The plays of William Hellman, Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder, and Tennessee Williams have defined American theater’s power and enduring influence. In this lecture- and discussion-based seminar, we...
Starting September 29, 2015
Tuesdays, September 29 - November 24 (class will not meet on November 3)
Led by Jim Hecimovich
Seminar Description Is historical fiction really just history by another name? How does one define the relationship between the two? What are the similarities and differences between the ways in which historical figures are portrayed in imagined...
Starting September 29, 2015
Tuesdays, September 29 - December 1
Seminar Description The narrator’s obsessive love affair with Albertine consumes him and much of the fifth and sixth volumes of Proust’s great novel, In Search of Lost Time. Even with Albertine almost never out of his sight, suspicions about her...
Starting September 30, 2015
Wednesdays, September 30 - December 2 (class will not meet November 25)
Led by Steven Venturino
Seminar Description George Eliot’s celebrated Victorian masterpiece, Middlemarch, can be daunting to approach. In this seminar we will explore the novel in manageable weekly installments (with no spoilers!) supplemented with shorter works...
Starting September 30, 2015
Wednesdays, September 30 - November 18
Led by John Nygro
Seminar Description In Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, Shakespeare presents an insightful view of the deposition of Richard II, the rise and fall of Henry IV, and the heroic battles of his son, Henry V. We will study, view, and...
Starting September 30, 2015
Wednesdays, September 30 - December 2 (class will not meet November 25)
Led by Dagmar Herrmann
Seminar Description When individual and collective memories of an entire period have been erased, and a people’s heritage destroyed, how can we deal with the loss and gain understanding of the forces that caused it? Acclaimed writer W. G....
Starting September 30, 2015
Wednesdays, September 30 - December 2 (class will not meet November 25)
Led by Karl Seigfried
Seminar Description Discover the epic tales that make up the mythological background for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In this seminar, we will journey through the history of Middle-earth, from the creation of the...
Starting October 1, 2015
Thursdays, October 1 - November 12
Led by Linda Levine
Seminar Description We will read short stories of literary merit written in the past 25 years by highly-acclaimed American, Canadian, British, and Nigerian authors. We will discuss the elements of fiction as they apply to each work, along with the...
Starting October 6, 2015
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 24
Led by Debra Mancoff
Seminar Description Is the image of the tempestuous artist—driven by desire as much as by talent—fact, fiction, or a fusion of both? Explore—and perhaps explode—this myth by reading Émile Zola’s provocative novels Thèrése Raquin and The...
Starting October 10, 2015
Saturdays, October 10 - November 14
Led by Harrison Sherrod
Seminar Description Long before HBO’s smash hit True Detective, there existed a subgenre of detective fiction that eschewed traditional police procedural or whodunit scenarios in favor of existential enigmas and postmodern paradoxes. We...
Starting October 14, 2015
Wednesdays, October 14 – November 18
Led by Bill Savage
Seminar Description Cities and nature seem to be opposites. The geography of Chicago certainly suggests as much, as the grid of streets screeches to a halt at the edge of Lake Michigan. But poetry and fiction by Chicago writers suggest a more...