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September 5 – October 17
Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m.
Hodson Room, Mellon Hall
Shakespeare dramatizes three moments in Roman history: Coriolanus, from Rome’s early Republican days; Julius Caesar, the effective end of the Republic; and Antony and Cleopatra, as Rome embarks on Empire.
First assignment: Coriolanus
Suggested editions: Arden edition
September 6 – October 25
Wednesdays, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Hodson Room, Mellon Hall (Mellon 104 on September 13 and October 18)
Reading Moby Dick is a quest. Your reading voyage will be shaped by what you bring, where you are going, and your sympathy or distaste for each character Melville depicts. Each reader takes the risk of journeying through the book and encountering the white whale. The book transcends all genres: literature, theology, philosophy, politics, science, etc.
Suggested edition: Herman Melville. Moby Dick. The Library of America.
October 21 - November 11
Saturdays, 10 a.m.– noon
Mellon Hall, Room 133
Anton Chekhov became a world master of modern drama by developing a supreme talent for writing simply, boldly, and realistically about the biggest and most banal things in human life. In just four acts, he encompasses life’s tragic and comic dimensions in a mood that now bears his name, “Chekhovian”—a feeling of profound loss rendered sadly pleasant by the transformative power of a humor poetically fused throughout the whole. How beautiful life could be, how much better men and women may become, as they see themselves wasting away in vulgarity, yet with healthiness always present as possibility. Participants will experience this creed of Chekhov by discussing his four dramatic masterpieces on four consecutive Saturday mornings: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard.
First assignment: The Seagull
Suggested edition: The Plays of Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt. Harper Perennial: ISBN 0-06092875-1.
October 24 – November 28
Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m.
Mellon, Room 104
Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, portrays the falling into sin and loss of paradise of Adam and Eve, first parents of all mankind, including the central role in this fall of Satan, himself understood as having fallen from his status as a high archangel. One reader of Paradise Lost, the poet William Blake, claimed that Milton “was of the devil’s party without knowing it.” We will seek to evaluate this claim, as well as the larger question of how Milton reconciles his sympathetic portrait of these “original sinners,” with his proclaimed purpose of “justifying the ways of God to man.”
First assignment: Books I & II
Suggested edition: Norton Critical edition
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