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George Eliot’s Middlemarch with Sheila Kohler

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Every Other Week Mondays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT October 2 to November 27, 2023

Online via Zoom

The ‘With Book’ option includes a copy of Middlemarch at an additional 10% discount from our Bookstore.


We will do a close reading of Middlemarch in five sessions, looking at how George Eliot uses both a first-person narrator and a shifting point of view. This permits her to portray her many characters both from within and without, speaking directly to us, allowing us to laugh and cry and revile and sympathize with all of them . Furthermore, she is able to correct herself, asking, in Chapter 29, for example “but why always Dorothea? was her point of view the only one with regard to this marriage?” She comments with humor and sympathy even on poor Mr Casaubon: “He was determined to abandon himself to the stream of feeling, surprised to find how shallow it was.” By using these many points of view, she confronts us with our own foibles and failures, along with our humble acts of everyday valor.

Meeting Details:
Mondays, 6–7:30pm ET
10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27
Online via Zoom

Participants should read the first two books, Miss Brooke and Old and Young, before the first meeting.

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