Joan of Arc: A Singular Life | Newberry

Joan of Arc: A Singular Life

Led by Susanne Dumbleton. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Thursdays, September 21 - October 26

2 - 4 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $210
Regular Price (after September 1): $231

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Seminar Description

For almost 600 years, people have marveled at the prowess of Joan of Arc, the 17-year-old who, with no experience, led French troops in driving the English from Orleans. How did she turn the tide of what history would call the Hundred Years War? How, too, could a young woman with no schooling respond with sophisticated simplicity to clerics determined to label her a witch? In this seminar we will consider that intriguing, heart-breaking story through the eyes of historians as well as playwrights, composers, novelists, visual artists, and ordinary citizens. Six sessions.

Susanne Dumbleton holds a PhD in literature (medieval) from the University at Albany and is Professor Emeritus and Former Dean at DePaul University. Her research focuses on women in leadership for social change.

Materials List


  • Anderson, Maxwell, Joan of Lorraine: A Play in Two Acts. Dramatists Play Service, 1946, ISBN-13: 978-0822205937
  • Anouilh, Jean. The Lark. Dramatists Play Service, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0822206347
  • Boutet de Monvel, Maurice, The Story of Joan of Arc. Dover Children’s Classics, ISBN-13: 978-0486470269
  • Pernoud, Regine. Joan of Arc By Herself and Her Witnesses. Trans. Edward Hyams. New York: Scarborough House 1992 (first published 1969.) ISBN-13: 978-0812812602
  • Shaw, George Bernard. Saint Joan. Penguin Classics, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0140437911
  • Other materials provided by instructor.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read pp. 3-8 of Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (This is the beginning of the “Preface”).

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