The Great Books & Classic Literature Discussion Group meets the third Saturday of each month (except December) from 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM in the 2nd floor Board Room. Reading selections focus on classic literature.
Saturday, September 21: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Primarily of the bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalization of the action — the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane's moral and spiritual sensibility and all the events are colored by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry — Jane Eyre revolutionized the art of fiction. Charlotte Brontë has been called the 'first historian of the private consciousness' and the literary ancestor of writers like Joyce and Proust. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.
October 19: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
November 16: I, Claudius by Robert Graves