Reading Schedule and Discussion Topics

Reading Schedule

Monday, July 31: Book 1 and Book 2, through Chapter 16

Tuesday, August 1: Book 2 and Book 3, reread Prelude

Wednesday, August 2: Book 4 and Book 5, through Chapter 45

Thursday, August 3: Book 6 and Book 7

Friday, Augusts 4: Book 8

 

Reading schedule allows especially for discussions of the following topics:

Monday: realist fiction, omniscient narration, multiplots
Tuesday: marriage plots and gender (part one)
Wednesday: medicine (Lydgate, the hospital, Bulstrode)
Thursday: government and politics (Brooke, Ladislaw)
Friday: marriage plots and gender (part two)

 

Topics for Reading and Discussion 

  • A Study of Provincial Life
  • Old and young
  • Multiplotted novels (“equivalent centers”)
  • This particular web
  • Key to All Mythologies
  • The narrator’s self-critiques
  • The originary tissue
  • Women’s education
  • Men’s vocation
  • History of Medicine
  • Railways and progress
  • Liberalism, Politics, and the Reform Bill
  • Dorothea’s cottages and agricultural reform
  • Sympathy: “Why always Dorothea?”
  • The squirrel’s heartbeat
  • Insiders/outsiders (natives and settlers)
  • Narrative voice
  • Genealogies
  • Disinheritance
  • Chapter epigraphs and intertextuality
  • Marriage
  • Money and debt
  • Crime
  • Heroic lives/unvisited tombs
  • Characters and Types
  • Later-born St. Theresas
  • Marriage Plots
  • Religion & Hypocrisy
  • Class
  • Gossip & Newspapers
  • Serialization & Division into 8 Books
  • Reception
  • Pseudonymous authorship
  • Adaptations: Plays, Films, Opera