A Serial Reading of George Eliot’s Romola | Newberry

A Serial Reading of George Eliot’s Romola

Led by Steven J. Venturino
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Eight sessions. Thursdays, September 22-November 10



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Class Description

George Eliot’s fourth novel, Romola, superimposes Victorian themes and concerns onto the religious, political, and personal lives of 15th-century Florence. The result is a literary experience like no other; a challenging yet fascinating exploration of language, idealism, vision, and ambition, as the title character wrestles with the multiple power structures she is born into.

This class invites participants to immerse themselves in the world(s) of the novel by reading and discussing it in consecutive parts, as originally published.

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

Materials List


  • George Eliot, Romola. Penguin Classics, 2005. ISBN: 978-0140434705

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read the novel’s “Proem” and chapters 1-5. Please do not read the introduction.
Cost and Registration Information 

Eight sessions. Registration: $305 ($274.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students)

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