Exploring Tennyson's In Memoriam | Newberry

Exploring Tennyson's In Memoriam

Led by Steven J. Venturino
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Four sessions. Thursdays, July 28-August 18.



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Seminar Description

Since the Victorian era, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s book-length poem “In Memoriam” has consoled countless readers through loss. The poem’s verses have also invited generations of readers to explore the dynamics of memory and the nature of faith, friendship, science, and sexuality. Participants in this seminar will read “In Memoriam” in weekly installments, progressively addressing the poem’s language and structure, range and depth, and lasting challenges. Each session will also include relevant background readings and works by other poets.

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

Materials List


  • Alfred Lord Tennyson, ​​In Memoriam (Norton Critical Edition, 2020). ISBN: 9780393679236

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read the introduction by Erik Gray, as well as sections 1-8 of In Memoriam (pages xi-12)

Cost and Registration Information 

Four sessions. Registration: $195 ($175 for Newberry members, seniors, and students)

Please note: You’ll register for this class on a platform called Learning Stream. Questions? Contact us at adulteducation@newberry.org.

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