Event—Adult Education

A Serial Reading of Charles Dickens's "Great Expectations"

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If Dickens’s “Great Expectations” has been on your reading list, then this class is for you.

Great Expectations Frontispiece, 1890. Source: Charles Dickens, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

This class is full, but you can still register for the waitlist on Learning Stream.

This class offers a full exploration of what G. B. Shaw called Dickens’s “most compactly perfect book.” We’ll work through Great Expectations—a haunting, gothic love story of innocence and experience—by reading it spoiler-free in consecutive parts, reflecting the novel’s original publication schedule. The course concludes with a session devoted to David Lean’s 1946 film adaptation of the novel.

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


Materials List

  • Charles Dickens, Great Expectations. Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0-141-43956-3

First Reading

  • For the first session, please read only chapters 1-7 of the novel, but please do not read the introduction.

Cost and Registration

Seven sessions, $289 ($260 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.

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