“This particular web”: George Eliot’s Middlemarch

C$1,520 includes one seminar Monday to Friday, morning coffee and newspapers, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar followed by dinner, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). A non-refundable C$300 plus HST deposit is required to secure your place; the balance is due June 1, 2019.

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.
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LEADER

Nancy Carr is a writer, editor, and discussion leader in Chicago with many years of experience at the Great Books Foundation. She is passionate about Victorian literature in general and Middlemarch in particular. This novel is Nancy’s all-time favorite literary work because in it Eliot uniquely combines intellectual brilliance with profound moral imagination.

 

BOOK

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

Participants are required to obtain the specified edition to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion. Details will be provided at registration.

There’s a good reason George Eliot named her greatest novel after the fictional English provincial town in which it is set: Middlemarch is arguably the book’s most powerful force. Through the novel’s multiple plots and sets of characters, Eliot explores how individuals are shaped by, and seek to shape, “this particular web” of community. Her narrator brings a scientist’s sensibility to the project, noting that “there is no creature whose inward being is so strong that it is not greatly determined by what lies outside it.” Indeed, Eliot’s town often seems to have a will of its own, as when the narrator remarks of an enthusiastic young physician that “Middlemarch, in fact, counted on swallowing Lydgate and assimilating him comfortably.”

Because Middlemarch follows characters over a significant sweep of time, Eliot can consider the consequences of ambition, idealism, pride, and selfishness in depth. Her narrator examines everyday choices with moral seriousness, demanding that we attend not only to the motivations and decisions of characters, but also that we scrutinize our own daily lives. In Middlemarch Eliot contends that our responses to those we live among have an inescapably ethical dimension: It is “we insignificant people with our daily words and acts” that are daily preparing the possibilities for generations to come.

During our week together, we will discuss the wide range of questions raised by this incomparably rich novel and consider what it has to say to us today.

 

 

Cost

The cost of Toronto Pursuits 2019 is C$1,520. This includes one seminar Monday to Friday, coffee and newspapers all week, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

See Registration and Cancellation Policy at https://www.classicalpursuits.com/fine-print/registration-policies/

Discounts

ONE per registrant

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.

Do you qualify for a loyalty or friend discount but would also like to purchase a concert ticket? Please make a note with your order when you check out and we will contact you.

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Stratford Shakespeare Festival Weekend

We will have more details about an weekend excursion to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival available later in 2018.

Additional information

Discount

Concert ticket, Gift registration, Not eligible, Five times, With friend

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