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Seminars meet from 10 a.m. to noon, and 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Lunch on Saturday is included.
All seminars are held in the Hodson Room in Mellon Hall.
Registration for Weekend Classics Begins July 18, 2018
D.H. Lawrence’s poems are prophetic, insurgent events which cleanse the dust of ponderous conventional wisdom. We shall explore our relationship to the natural world and the animal kingdom, to family, society, and community. Lawrence’s vision deepens our personal responsibility to ourselves and others.
“Lui et Elle”
“Medlars and Sorb-Apples”
“Autumn at Taos”
“Middle of the World”
“Red Geranium and Godly Mignonette”
“Tortoise Family Connection”
“The Ship of Death”
In 1639, René Descartes shut himself in a room and thought through a new interpretation of human experience in the world. His Meditations on First Philosophy recounts his thinking, which remains the underpinning for modernity’s reliance on logical proof, rigorous analysis, and scientific knowledge.
We will read a selection of poems by John Donne, George Herbert, and Katherine Philips, who were among seventeenth-century English writers known as the "Metaphysical Poets." Their poetry is characterized by the use of witty conceits to explore various forms of love, including relationships with lovers, friends, and God. We will begin discussions by analyzing the poetic form.
Alice Munro’s stories explore the mystery of the ordinary. To read them with care is to learn, as one of her characters puts it, “to move [one’s] head and catch the light flashing through the holes and cracks.” By moving back and forth in time, her stories discover how memory and its lapses illuminate and shape our lives as men and women. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013, Munro is credited with having brought the contemporary short story fully into its own.
Rebecca Steiner Goldner
The relationship between Huck and Jim might be one of the most perplexing, rich and complicated in all of literature. Their journey, at times together, at other times apart, is not simply a coming of age for Huck but an exploration of truth and lies, morality, pain and love.
Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, his last tragedy, is about a rich Athenian, friend to mankind, who loses all his wealth by sharing it with his friends. They abandon him afterwards, and that discovery of ingratitude and falseness turns Timon into the paradigmatic misanthrope. He utters some of the most painful curses and hatreds in all dramatic literature. Molière’s The Misanthrope, on the other hand, is a comedy about a man, Alceste, who deplores the dishonesty and vices rampant in his Parisian milieu of King Louis XIV. But marvelously, he is in love with a coquette, Célimène, who seems to embody those very vices. Is he really a misanthrope? What makes the difference between a lover and hater? Likewise, what makes the one plot a tragedy and the other a comedy?
A poet of casual, deceptive beauty, John Ashbery published over 30 books. His painterly poems vex, manipulate, stimulate, coax, torment, and transform language to reveal depth of meaning and sudden moments of epiphany.
An exquisite craftsman whose poems explore the depths of the heart and the power of love, Auden is also a careful observer of particulars in the ordinary quotidian. His poems about art and politics blend two apparently divergent worlds. We will read a collection of his best poems:
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Should we need to cancel due to weather, you will be notified by e-mail and the seminar will be rescheduled.
We reserve the right to cancel a seminar due to low enrollment.
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