Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea

“Everything must be for the ‘reactionary 19th century romance,’ ” Rhys angrily wrote a friend. “That unfortunate death of a Creole! I’m fighting mad to write her story” (Rhys, Jean Letters 1931-66, 157) Although this work was...

Aeschylus’ The Oresteia

From Beowulf through The Odyssey, our study of the classics informs our understanding of the role of art and literature in forming our sense of ourselves and human history. This will be the first Salon study of the Oresteia so will have the energy of new and...

Beowulf

One day Intensive Salon: meeting for four and a half hours with support and critical resources provided to prepare for…

Dante’s Divine Comedy

Già volgeva il mio disio e ’l velle, sì come rota ch’igualmente è mossa, l’amor che move ’l sole e l’altre stelle. Now my will and my desire were turned, like a wheel in perfect motion, by the love that moves the sun and the other stars.   These breathtaking...

Charles Dickens’ Bleak House

While many have described Bleak House as Dickens’ most sophisticated work, indeed his best work, it is not usually listed as the best known of Dickens’ body of writing. This may be in part due to the size of the text- at over 900 pages, it is an intimidating and often...

George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda, published in 1876, is George Eliot’s final—and most controversial novel. Eliot had spent much of her life exploring the connections and separations between cultures and faiths. Her interest in Judaism and the Jewish people of England is played out in...

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings,...

William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom! is said to be Faulkner’s most difficult but most brilliant work. Absalom presents the story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi...
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