A Serial Reading of The Mill on the Floss | Newberry

A Serial Reading of The Mill on the Floss

Led by Steven J. Venturino
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Six sessions, Tuesdays, February 16 - March 23

2 - 4 pm (Central Time)

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

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Seminar Description

A novel of childhood development that calls to mind Jane Eyre or David Copperfield, George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss is an unflinching and emotionally challenging exploration of the author's childhood, intellectual aspirations, and psychological struggles. This seminar invites participants to immerse themselves in the world of the novel’s characters, themes, ideas, and techniques by reading it serially in manageable parts.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

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

Materials List


First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read the first three chapters of The Mill on the Floss, but not the Introduction.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: 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.