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Parallel Lives: George Eliot's Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda was the last novel that George Eliot completed before her death in 1780, a work which most nearly approaches the level of her masterpiece, Middlemarch. Daniel Deronda is a young man of uncertain parentage, who grows up in an aristocratic milieu. Just as he has decided on one life course, he discovers his Jewish identity and becomes captivated by the implications that this suggests. Daniel’s story is paralleled by that of Gwendolen Harleth, who makes a disastrous marriage with a sadistic older man and has to deal with its consequences. In these two contrasting stories of young people searching for meaning, love, and purpose, we see a great novelist at the peak of her powers

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of the central themes of George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda
  • An understanding of the novel’s themes in historical context as well as their contemporary resonances

Ideal for

  • Those with an interest in nineteenth-century literature and culture
  • The curious and creative

1 section

  • Summer 2024

    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2024
    • Date

      Jun 4 - Jun 25
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Birns, Nicholas
    • Location

      Midtown Center