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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, use the calendar and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturdays, February 28 - April 25 (class will not meet on April 4)
Early Opera: Music, Drama, and Society from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Led by Brian Oberlander

Seminar Description

Explore the origins and early development of opera in Western Europe. We begin with the private courtly entertainments of the Renaissance, when music and theater were intertwined with myth, magic, and royal ceremony. We end with the star-studded commercial enterprises of the Enlightenment, along with the divas, impresarios, and chattering...


Starting: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Thursdays, April 2 – May 7
Toni Morrison's Beloved
Led by Linda Levine

Seminar Description

A 2006 New York Times survey of writers and literary critics found Toni Morrison’s Beloved to be the best work of American fiction of the previous 25 years. An enthralling and shocking work of historical fiction, Beloved portrays a woman and her children’s escape from slavery—and the aftermath. In the seminar, we...


Starting: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Saturdays, April 18-May 9
This course is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waitlist.
The Golovlyov Family and Satirical Tales by Shchedrin
Led by Julia Denne

Seminar Description

We will examine Shchedrin’s The Golovlyov Family, one of the least-known great nineteenth-century Russian novels, and several tales that demonstrate Shchedrin’s gift as a satirist. Exploring this masterpiece of unsentimental naturalism, we will encounter Porphyry Golovlyov, a classic hypocrite and Shchedrin’s most original creation....