A Serial Reading of Daniel Deronda | Newberry

A Serial Reading of Daniel Deronda

Led by Steven Venturino. Nine sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tuesdays, September 12 - November 7

2 - 4 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $275
Regular Price (after September 1): $303

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

Daniel Deronda, George Eliot’s final novel, is ambitious, challenging, and astonishingly multi-dimensional. Eliot’s tale weaves together a provocative examination of marriage and personal aspiration with a meditation on Jewishness in Victorian Britain. This seminar invites participants to immerse themselves in the world of the novel by reading it in consecutive parts, as originally published. Sessions will focus on elements of art, music, religion, philosophy, and history as they arise in the novel. Nine sessions.

Steven J. Venturino, PhD, the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, has led seminars at the Newberry Library and taught at Loyola University Chicago.

Materials List


  • Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics Edition, with notes by Earl L. Dachslager, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-1-59308-290-1

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read only Chapter One. Do not read the book’s introduction or the “character list.”

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.