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 Online Intensive - Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

Agora Foundation Online Intensive -
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

Thursday Evenings - May 9 to August 29, 2024 -
5:30-7:00PM Pacific

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Eric Stull

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Dennis Gura

Sessions will be facilitated by Eric Stull and Dennis Gura.

 

Was she beautiful or not beautiful? and what was the secret of form or expression which gave the dynamic quality to her glance?  Was the good or the evil genius dominant in those beams?  Probably the evil; else why was the effect that of unrest rather than of undisturbed charm?  Why was the wish to look again felt as coercion and not as a longing in which the whole being consents?

Thus begins George Eliot’s last novel. Why did the author of the matchless Middlemarch at last turn her pen to one of the most vexing questions of the late nineteenth century and of all European history?  England had not only abolished slavery, but had emancipated, to one degree or another, its religious minorities over the preceding decades, and at the time of the novel’s publication, had a Jewish prime minister, albeit one who had converted to Anglicanism in boyhood. The sons and daughters of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had been expelled from England en masse in 1290, almost six centuries before -- two centuries before their fellow Jews were expelled from Spain.  As a kind of historical exemplar for the protagonist of Middlemarch, the immediate predecessor to Daniel Deronda, Eliot had chosen Teresa of Avila, who was seen in the prelude of that novel in early girlhood ready to march to martyrdom against the Moors.   And yet religious fervor in great-souled Dorothea seemed only to fuel the moral ardor to stand on the side of justice for those who suffered under the stupidity of provincial prejudice.  Enter Deronda, wherein that most ancient European grudge, writ not only large but general, rooted in the rootless fantasy of religious fallacy, underlies the unease of a growingly comfortable society made secure by the exploits of a maritime empire – as it comes into the ken of one of the most acute observers of human character and psyche ever to write English prose. 

 

Online seminars in this series will take place on Thursday evenings, 5:30-7:00PM Pacific Time. Attendees will be mailed the text. Sessions will be facilitated by Eric Stull and Dennis Gura. Groups will be limited to 16 participants and no prior knowledge is required. Teachers will be offered 3 CEU credits for participating. This sixteen-week series is $950. Community of Lifelong Learner subscribers receive a discount of $100 through a refund. Payment options are available. 

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Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
May 9 to August 29, 2024 - 5:30-7:00PM Pacific

Text:

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

Penguin Publishing Group (February 1996) - ISBN 9780140434279

Dates and Curriculum - Daniel Deronda Online Intensive

1) Session One
Thursday, May 9

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 1 - The Spoiled Child

Chapters 1-5

 

2) Session Two 
Thursday, May 16

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 1 - The Spoiled Child

Chapters 6-10

 

3) Session Three
Thursday, May 23

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 2 - Meeting Streams

Chapters 11-14

4) Session Four
Thursday, May 30

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 2 - Meeting Streams

Chapters 15-18

 

5) Session Five
Thursday, June 6

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 3 - Maidens Choosing

Chapters 19-22

6) Session Six
Thursday, June 13

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 3 - Maidens Choosing

Chapters 23-27

7) Session Seven
Thursday, June 20

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 4 - Gwendolen Gets Her Choice

Chapters 28-30

8) Session Eight
Thursday, June 27

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 4 - Gwendolen Gets Her Choice

Chapter 31-34

No meeting July 4

9) Session Nine
Thursday, July 11

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 5 - Mordecai

Chapters 35-36

 

10) Session Ten
Thursday, July 18

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 5 - Mordecai

Chapters 37-40

 

11) Session Eleven
Thursday, July 25

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 6 - Revelations

Chapters 41-44

12) Session Twelve
Thursday, August 1

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 6 - Revelations

Chapters 45-49

 

13) Session Thirteen
Thursday, August 8

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 7 - The Mother and the Son

Chapters 50-52

14) Session Fourteen
Thursday, August 15

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 7 - The Mother and the Son

Chapters 53-57

15) Session Fifteen
Thursday, August 22

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 8 - Fruit and Seed

Chapters 58-63

16) Session Sixteen
Thursday, August 29

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Book 8 - Fruit and Seed

Chapters 64-70

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