Upcoming Literature and Theater Seminars | Newberry

Upcoming Literature and Theater Seminars

This list is of upcoming seminars only. Since most seminars meet more than once in a term, if a class has already met at least once, it will no longer show up on this list. To find a seminar that has already started or has finished, visit Programs and Events and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting September 13, 2016
Tuesdays, September 13 - November 1 (class will not meet on October 11)
Led by Jeffrey Nigro and William Phillips
Seminar Description The “dandy” has been a figure in Western social life and culture for over two centuries. Beyond his choices in style and fashion, the dandy creates a persona by playing with notions of individuality, gender, sexuality, and social...
Starting September 14, 2016
Wednesdays, September 14 - November 2
Led by Susan Bazargan
Seminar Description In celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s seminal work of literary modernism, we will focus on its literary, cultural, and historical significance. We will explore its inception as Stephen Hero...
Starting September 14, 2016
Wednesdays, September 14 - October 26
Led by Dean Kostantaras
Seminar Description In this seminar, we will gain a thorough understanding of Darwin’s ideas through readings from his works The Origins of Species, The Descent of Man, and Autobiography. The seminar will also address...
Starting September 14, 2016
Wednesdays, September 14 - November 2
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch
Seminar Description In this seminar we will read examples of Victorian fiction in order to explore the concerns and anxieties of the era—one of rapid change, modernization, travel, and colonial expansion. We will examine the importance of archetypes...
Starting September 14, 2016
Wednesdays, September 14 - November 9 (class will not meet on October 12)
Led by Diann Lapin
Seminar Description By the late eighteenth century, most Parisians read constantly—everything from daily street notices to political treatises to novels. Two novels, Rousseau’s Julie and Laclos’ Dangerous Liaisons, became the most widely read texts...
Starting September 15, 2016
Thursdays, September 15 - November 3
Led by Harrison Sherrod
Seminar Description Throughout history the dinner party has traditionally been conceptualized as the height of etiquette, civility, and decorum. Perhaps this is why so many novelists and filmmakers use it as a forum for precisely the opposite:...
Starting September 15, 2016
Thursdays, September 15 - November 17
Led by Lyle Roebuck
Seminar Description Literature of the New England Renaissance, or Transcendentalism, is understood to reflect an appreciation for the role intuition plays in both self-governance and our capacity to conceive of God. The period is considered to have...
Starting September 15, 2016
Thursdays, September 15 - November 17
Led by Matthew Bird
Seminar Description Explore the highlights of medieval British history—including the Norman Conquest, the Anarchy, the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland, and the Conquest of Wales—through quality historical fiction. Novels by Morgan Llywelyn,...
Starting September 17, 2016
Saturdays, September 17 - November 19
This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 for waitlist.
Led by Julia Denne
Seminar Description We will examine Dostoevsky’s final novel, The Brothers Karamazov, in a new enjoyable translation by Ignat Avsey. The text will be read as a polyphony of voices, narratives, and themes: a gripping mystery, a family novel...
Starting September 20, 2016
Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8
Led by Beatriz Badikian-Gartler
Seminar Description The Harlem Renaissance was a literary and intellectual flowering that fostered a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s. Writers such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as journalists, visual artists,...
Starting September 21, 2016
Wednesdays, September 21 - November 16 (class will not meet on September 28)
Led by John Nygro
Seminar Description For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s Hamlet has occupied an elevated place in the hearts and minds of countless theater patrons, moviegoers, readers, and thinkers alike. During this eight-week seminar, we will read,...
Starting September 21, 2016
Wednesdays, September 21 - December 7 (class will not meet on October 12)
Led by Dagmar Herrmann
Seminar Description From their debut in Berlin in the 1780s to their appearance in 1930s California, women’s salons served as welcoming havens where all classes and creeds could openly debate art, music, literature, and politics. We shall explore...
Starting September 27, 2016
Tuesdays, September 27 - November 1
Led by Colleen Delegan
Seminar Description Why have fairy tales endured through the centuries? Beyond enchantment, what universal messages do fairy tales offer individuals, cultures, and the world collectively? In most cultures, there is no clear line separating myth from...
Starting September 28, 2016
Wednesdays, September 28 - November 30 (class will not meet on October 12 or November 23)
Led by Todd Bauer
Seminar Description The plays of Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, and others will be the primary focus of this discussion-based seminar. Their works offer an insightful glimpse into the idea of what it meant to be an...
Starting October 11, 2016
Tuesdays, October 11 - November 22
Led by Debra Mancoff
Seminar Description Artists have always recorded fashion by depicting the dress of their day. But in the nineteenth century, certain artists influenced fashion by inspiring trends, promoting new styles, and even designing garments. This seminar will...
Starting October 12, 2016
Wednesdays, October 12 - November 30
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Led by Steven Venturino
Seminar Description Our Mutual Friend is Charles Dickens’s last completed novel, filled with humor, dark satire, multiple plot lines, and remarkable prose. This seminar considers the book in serial weekly installments (no spoilers) for an engaging,...
Starting October 18, 2016
Tuesdays, October 18 - November 29 (class will not meet on November 22)
Led by Linda Levine
Seminar Description We will discuss the theme of alienation and connection in four contemporary novels of significant literary merit: Jane Gardam’s Old Filth; William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow; Ian McEwan’s On Chesil...