Joan of Arc: Genius, Saint--or Prodigy of Common Sense? | Newberry

Joan of Arc: Genius, Saint--or Prodigy of Common Sense?

Led by Susanne Dumbleton, PhD
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Six sessions, Thursdays, February 18 - March 25

6 - 8 pm (Central Time)

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Seminar Description

The mystery of Joan of Arc has intrigued historians and artists for almost 600 years. How could a seventeen-year-old with no military training convince a jaded army to follow her--and win? How could she withstand the fierce inquisition of Christendom’s most learned clerics? Was she a genius? A saint? Or was she a paragon of common sense? In this seminar, we will consider the mystery through original trial transcripts, three superb plays--Shaw’s Saint Joan; Anouilh’s The Lark, and Anderson’s Joan of Lorraine--and Dreyer’s classic film, The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Susanne Dumbleton is professor emeritus and former dean at DePaul University. She earned her doctorate in literature with an emphasis on the Middle Ages. As a child attending Camp Jeanne d’Arc, she first became interested in the life and work of Joan of Arc.

Materials List

Required:

  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

  • Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw. Penguin, 1946. ISBN: 978-0-140-43791-1

  • The Lark by Jean Anouilh and translated by Christopher Fry. Samuel French, Acting Edition, 1955. ISBN: 978-0-573-01225-9

  • Joan of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson. Dramatists Play Service, Inc, 1946. ISBN: 0-8222-0593-0

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928. Available to stream or purchase.

Recommended:

  • The Story of Joan of Arc by Maurice Boutet de Monvel. Dover, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-486-47026-9

First Reading:

  • There is no initial reading assignment for this seminar.

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.

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