W103 | Reading Middlemarch


11:30 a.m. -
1:00 p.m.

In Person
BCC, Room G-12

9/21, 9/28, 10/12,
10/19, 10/26, 11/2

Six Sessions 

Limit 30 Participants

George Eliot (born Mary Anne Evans) has been called “the great English novelist of ideas” (A.S. Byatt), and Virginia Woolf famously called Middlemarch “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.” Set in the period of 1830 to1832, Middlemarch is a complex and psychologically incisive narrative that examines English provincial life through the interrelationships of a varied cast of characters, focusing on issues such as individual aspiration and ambition, the possibilities and limits in women’s lives, social roles and the relationships among classes, and questions of purpose and morality in a society where the religious passions of the past have largely receded. Classes will combine informal lecture and discussion.

Please note: This class is given in conjunction with George Eliot, Her Life and Ideas. You may take either course or both.

For the first class, please read the Prelude and Book I (Miss Brooke).

Required reading: George Eliot, Middlemarch, Penguin Classics (paperback), ISBN 978-0-14-310772-9

Nancy Travis, professor emeritus, Berkshire Community College earned a M.A.T. at Johns Hopkins University and taught English at BCC from 1976 – 2011.

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