"The Moonstone" (1868) by Wilkie Collins | Newberry

"The Moonstone" (1868) by Wilkie Collins

Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. 3 sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Wednesdays, May 23 - June 6

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $130
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $143

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

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

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The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

In this seminar we will examine the importance of The Moonstone as a supreme nineteenth-century mystery novel and as an example of popular Victorian fiction, which reflects and engages with anxieties and issues of its times, such as the British Empire, Orientalism, philanthropy, the division of the classes, and the role of women. We will also discuss the novel’s unusual structure and polyphonic narration, which makes it such a memorable read, praised by T.S. Eliot. Three sessions.

Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch is the Assistant Director of the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University, where she also teaches literature classes.

Materials List


  • Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone. Penguin Classics, 1999. ISBN#: 978-0140434088

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the chapters “Prologue” and “First Period: The Loss of the Diamond”

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