Fiction Philosophy Reading Group

Scenes from Clerical Life: Reading George Eliot’s Short Stories – June & July 2024

Following our discussions on Albert Camus’ Exile and the Kingdom, we will turn our attention to George Eliot’s Scenes from Clerical Life. We will have a series of six sessions, two sessions dedicated to each of Eliot’s short stories, from June 22nd to July 27th.

Here is the plan:

  • June 22nd & 29th: “The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton”
  • July 6th & 13th: “Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story”
  • July 20th & 27th: “Janet’s Repentance”

About George Eliot

George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann Evans (1819 – 1880), is among the most highly regarded novelists of the Victorian era. Henry James praised her for elevating the novel form, even though he considered Romola to be her masterpiece—not Middlemarch. Kathryn Hughes calls her “The Last Victorian.” Eliot’s translation of Spinoza’s Ethics, which was reprinted fairly recently, is a clear indication of her philosophical mind. Scenes from Clerical Life is a portrayal of rural English life and the struggles of its clergy. I’m very excited to read and discuss the stories with our group.

How to Join

If you’re interested in joining us and the schedule works for you, you can sign up for Tier 2 through my Patreon page. Once I receive your registration, I will send you the Zoom information.

Joining my Patreon community, at either Tier 1 or Tier 2, will also give you immediate access to over a hundred Patreon-exclusive videos, including the series on (a) Beginning Theory, (b) Better Living through Criticism, (c) Understanding Poststructuralism, (d) Deconstruction & Pragmatism, (e) Exile and the Kingdom.

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