ONLINE SEMINAR
January 18 | George Eliot’s Middlemarch

Middlemarch stands as George Eliot’s masterpiece and as one of the greatest of all novels. It is at once a shrewdly observed portrait of provincial life in 1830s England, a moving story about vivid characters, a presentation of the “natures of women” and a searching exploration of what it means to live a good life. Its time span and interplay of multiple plots allow Middlemarch to convey the complexities of human life with a richness rarely matched in fiction. Driving the novel forward is the constant tension between the individual and community, between reason and emotion, between the old guard and reform. Eliot shows us how the social order in Middlemarch controls and impedes reform of class, wealth, gender norms and medicine but also takes us deep into her characters’ emotional lives.

Throughout, Eliot’s narrator leads us from considering the characters’ lives to examining our own. As Harold Bloom argued, “If there is an exemplary fusion of aesthetic and moral power in the canonical novel, George Eliot is its best representative, and Middlemarch is her subtlest analysis of the moral imagination, possibly the subtlest ever achieved in prose fiction.”

In our discussions we will explore the myriad questions raised by this unforgettable book, seeking to understand both Eliot’s ideas and our reactions to them.

This seminar will be read-as-we-go.

When: Six weekly seminars on Mondays at 7 p.m. Eastern, beginning January 18, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$267 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We will be using Zoom; you will receive joining instructions upon registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

Select your registration below; please use the Toronto Pursuits credit option only if you are a registered participant of Toronto Pursuits 2020 who wants to put your deposit or previous payment toward an online seminar. All seminar payments are nonrefundable.

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LEADER

Rebecca Fisher is a longtime participant and discussion leader at Great Books events around the country. She is also the Dean of Continuing Education at Harrison Middleton University.

BOOK

Middlemarch by George Eliot
(Harper Perennial, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0062356147

Please be sure to obtain this edition.

We encourage you to support local bookstores or other independent sellers. In the US, try Bookshop.org. In Canada, try McNally Robinson or Indigo.

Middlemarch stands as George Eliot’s masterpiece and as one of the greatest of all novels. It is at once a shrewdly observed portrait of provincial life in 1830s England, a moving story about vivid characters, a presentation of the “natures of women” and a searching exploration of what it means to live a good life. Its time span and interplay of multiple plots allow Middlemarch to convey the complexities of human life with a richness rarely matched in fiction. Driving the novel forward is the constant tension between the individual and community, between reason and emotion, between the old guard and reform. Eliot shows us how the social order in Middlemarch controls and impedes reform of class, wealth, gender norms and medicine but also takes us deep into her characters’ emotional lives.

Throughout, Eliot’s narrator leads us from considering the characters’ lives to examining our own. As Harold Bloom argued, “If there is an exemplary fusion of aesthetic and moral power in the canonical novel, George Eliot is its best representative, and Middlemarch is her subtlest analysis of the moral imagination, possibly the subtlest ever achieved in prose fiction.”

In our discussions we will explore the myriad questions raised by this unforgettable book, seeking to understand both Eliot’s ideas and our reactions to them.

This seminar will be read-as-you-go.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

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