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April 5 - May 17, 2022 (class does not meet April 19)
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six sessions)
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205
Limited to 12 participants


Virginia Woolf described George Eliot’s Middlemarch as “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.” Widely considered Eliot’s masterpiece, the novel follows the interwoven lives of the inhabitants of a provincial English town. Threading together stories of love, betrayal, failed marriages, romantic idealism, and frustrated ambition, Eliot creates a microcosm of nineteenth-century life that speaks to universal, enduring concerns and experiences. Middlemarch is that rare thing: a novel of ideas and a compelling, human narrative.

Schedule of Readings

Week One (April 5): Prelude, Chapters 1-14

Week Two (April 12): Chapters 15-29

Week Three (April 19): Chapters 30-44

Week Four (April 26): Chapters 45-59

Week Five (May 3): Chapters 60-74

Week Six (May 10): Chapters 75-Finale

In-Person Seminar
Note: This seminar meets in-person at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington. Literary Arts will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result (within 72 hours) from a healthcare provider, for entry into our in-person classes. Masks will also be required in accordance with current public health mandates in the state of Oregon. Please see our complete Covid-19 policy here.

Access Program
We want our writing classes and Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class and Delve tuitions at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.



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Sara Atwood

Sara Atwood teaches English literature and writing at Portland Community College and Portland State University. She is Co-Director of the Ruskin Society of North America and has lectured widely, both in the US and abroad, on John Ruskin, education, the environment, and language. Her work has been published in Nineteenth-Century Prose, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, and Carlyle Studies Annual. She is the author of Ruskin’s Educational Ideals and has contributed essays to a number of books, including Teaching Victorian Literature in the Twenty-First Century, John Ruskin and Nineteenth-Century Education, William Morris and John Ruskin, and Victorian Environmental Nightmares.
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