Calendar

E.g., 09/16/2014
E.g., 09/16/2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
How War Changed Women: Perspectives on British Life, Fiction, and Fashion during World War I

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This class is full and registration has closed.

This seminar considers the lives of British women from the years leading up to the Great War through its aftermath (1910–1925). As women coped with wartime, they forged and expressed new identities through memoirs, novels, imagery, and dress.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Louis XIV, His Court, and Seventeenth–Century France

1 - 3 pm

This class has been cancelled.

This course offers a well-rounded introduction to Louis XIV’s energetic and complex personality, his complicated love-life, his sophisticated political skills, and his accomplishments in the expansion and modernization of France. Nancy Mitford’s deeply researched The Sun King and W. H.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Marcel Proust's The Guermantes Way

6 - 7:30 pm

The third volume of In Search of Lost Time, Proust’s monumental novel, is a dazzling portrait of the salon society of late nineteenth-century Paris rendered in loving detail even as it is ruthlessly satirized. The narrator discovers the shallowness of a world he had mythologized as a boy in Combray.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Mightier than the Sword: The Legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

5:45 – 7:45 pm

This class has been cancelled.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin became a cultural phenomenon soon after it first appeared in the National Era abolitionist newspaper in June 1851, and it has remained an important, although complicated, literary landmark.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Twenty-first Century Literature

6 - 7:30 pm

What’s new and great in contemporary literature? This seminar will examine recent, award-winning works, including two short novels–Julian Barnes’ Sense of an Ending and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist–and short stories from Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, George Saunders’ Tenth of December and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Mansfield Park at 200: An Exploration of Jane Austen’s Novel

6 - 7:30 pm

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, probably the novelist’s most complex and challenging work. Fanny Price, the painfully shy heroine, and Edmund Bertram, the somewhat self-righteous hero, have had few supporters, even among Austen’s most devoted fans.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Richard J. Daley: Man and Myth, Life and Legend

6 - 7:30 pm

In this seminar, we examine the many ways in which Richard J. Daley shaped modern Chicago, both physically (expressways, universities, public housing) and metaphysically (in how Chicagoans understand each other and create their sense of identity).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Unfinished Manuscripts, Unresolved War: Kafka, Hašek, and Prague in WWI

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Kafka, the inscrutable founding spirit of literary modernism, and Hašek, a satiric, cynic, and lapsed revolutionary, were born in the same city in the same year, spent most of their lives in Prague, wrote their world-famous books around the time of World War I, and died a year apart. What kind of an environment produced writers as dissimilar and alike as Hašek and Kafka?

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