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Upcoming Literature and Theater Seminars

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Starting: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursdays, October 2 - November 6
One more space added!
Twenty-first Century Literature
Led by Linda Levine

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. We...


Starting: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Wednesdays, October 15 - November 19
Mansfield Park at 200: An Exploration of Jane Austen’s Novel
Led by Jeffrey Nigro

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. While it is less obviously humorous than its beloved ...


Starting: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Wednesdays, October 15 – November 19
Richard J. Daley: Man and Myth, Life and Legend
Led by Bill Savage

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). We will read Mike Royko’s Boss, excerpts from American Pharaoh, and media coverage of Daley in order to see the impact, both good...


Starting: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
October 15 – December 3 (class will not meet November 26)
Unfinished Manuscripts, Unresolved War: Kafka, Hašek, and Prague in WWI
Led by Dagmar Herrmann

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? History, geography,...