A Serial Reading of "Middlemarch" | Newberry

A Serial Reading of "Middlemarch"

Led by Steven J. Venturino. Nine sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Tuesdays, September 24 - November 26 (class will not meet October 15)

2 - 4 pm

This class is full. Please call (312) 255-3700.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $300
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $330

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This class is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waitlist.

Seminar Description

To celebrate the Victorian author’s bicentenary, this seminar explores George Eliot’s masterpiece Middlemarch in manageable weekly installments—with no spoilers! The result will be an engaging in-depth look at Eliot’s literary technique and her insights into culture, science, art, and psychology. Weekly discussions will be supplemented with slides and film clips. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NUMBER OF SESSIONS AND PRICE HAS CHANGED FROM THE BROCHURE. THIS IS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ***

Nine sessions. E - $300, L - $330

Steven J. Venturino holds a PhD and is a former adjunct professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. He has led seminars at the Newberry Library since 2015 and is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism.

Materials List


  • George Eliot, Middlemarch. Oxford World’s Classics, 2008. ISBN: 978-0199536757

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read only the novel’s Prelude and Chapter One. Do not read the introduction by Felicia Bonaparte (yet).

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