A Serial Reading of Middlemarch | Newberry

A Serial Reading of Middlemarch

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, September 30 - December 2 (class will not meet November 25)

2 - 4 pm

Led by Steven Venturino
This class is full. Call 312-255-3700 to be put on a wait list.

Seminar Description

George Eliot’s celebrated Victorian masterpiece, Middlemarch, can be daunting to approach. In this seminar we will explore the novel in manageable weekly installments (with no spoilers!) supplemented with shorter works of literature, art, and film. The result is an engaging in-depth look at Eliot’s literary technique as well as her insights into culture, science, art, and psychology.

Steven Venturino holds a PhD from Loyola University Chicago, where he also taught 18 years. He is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

Materials List


  • Middlemarch, by George Eliot. Norton Critical Edition ISBN-13: 978-0-393-97452-2

Readings for the First Session:

  • For the first class meeting, participants should read the novel’s prelude and chapter 1.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 8): $260.
Regular Price (after September 8): $286.
This class is full. Call 312-255-3700 to be put on a wait list.

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