Mark J. Schenker of Yale College returns to Guilford Library to lead two lecture-discussions on the subject of the flourishing of great novels that were published during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). He will discuss characteristics of these classic books in general, focusing on their style and structure as works of literary art, as well as the social and intellectual issues they engage. Among the latter are: the status of women: the tensions between optimism and anxiety, and between religion and science; the changing perceptions of children and childhood; and the centrality of the themes of class, sex, criminality and moral earnestness.
To provide focus to the series he will give special attention to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847) at the first session and to Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations (1861) at the second. Attendees are not expected to read or reread these novels, but a familiarity with them will of course make the lectures more meaningful.
Registrations below includes BOTH sessions. You do not need to register again for the October 14 program.
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