A Serial Reading of Bleak House | Newberry

A Serial Reading of Bleak House

Led by Steve Venturino. Eight sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Tuesdays, September 29 - November 24 (Class will not meet on November 3)


Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

This seminar presents Charles Dickens’s masterpiece Bleak House in manageable weekly serial installments--with no spoilers. Our discussions of each week’s installment will explore Dickens’s humor, social commentary, psychological depth, and dazzling assortment of narrative styles. Though it may look like a novel, Bleak House is really a variety show with a plot, and serial reading invites us to fully experience the many layers of this fascinating work.

Eight sessions. Registration – $280

Steven J. Venturino, PhD, is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. He has led seminars at the Newberry and taught at Loyola University Chicago.

Materials List


  • Charles Dickens, Bleak House. Broadview, 2011. ISBN: 9781551119311.

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read only Chapters 1-3. Do not read the book’s introduction or preface.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.