Reading Groups

Looking for a group of people who share your love of literature? Your search is over. For almost a decade, reading groups have gathered at the Rosenbach for evenings of discussion led by some of the area’s most notable scholars.

Each year, the Rosenbach offers between four and six Reading Groups. Each group focuses on a different novel or a collection of shorter works. Past examples include Moby-Dick, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the Romantic Poets. Courses typically run between four and nine sessions that meet at the Rosenbach, during which a specialist scholar contextualizes the work and leads the group (usually 12-15 people) in discussion. At least once during the course, the group examines related rare books, manuscripts, and other items found in the Rosenbach’s collection.

Registration for Fall 2013 courses (including Ulysses) starts August 15. To receive information about future Reading Groups in advance, sign up for our e-news below.

Upcoming Reading Groups

Cruikshank, George, "A Startling Effect," 1838. 1954.0904

Reading Group: Magic & the Supernatural in Shakespeare

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This course will examine the influence of magic and the supernatural on Shakespeare's creative process as he created mysterious settings, vividly beautiful heroines or wickedly misshapen royals, and the inevitable actions that follow. More

Reading Group: James Joyce's Ulysses

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This Reading Group is a fun and painless way to read (and finish!) James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Providing a supportive community for first-time readers and enriching the experience of readers revisiting the text, this nine-session course incorporates an episode-by-episode discussion led by instructor Michael Barsanti. More

Reading Group: James Joyce's Ulysses

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
This Reading Group is a fun and painless way to read (and finish!) James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Providing a supportive community for first-time readers and enriching the experience of readers revisiting the text, this nine-session course incorporates an episode-by-episode discussion led by instructor Carol Shloss. More

Current Reading Groups

Reading Group: James Joyce's Ulysses

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
This Reading Group is a fun and painless way to read (and finish!) James Joyce’s masterpiece,... More

Reading Group: James Joyce's Ulysses

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This Reading Group is a fun and painless way to read (and finish!) James Joyce’s masterpiece,... More
Cruikshank, George, "A Startling Effect," 1838. 1954.0904

Reading Group: Magic & the Supernatural in Shakespeare

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This course will examine the influence of magic and the supernatural on Shakespeare's creative... More

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Past Reading Groups

Reading Group: The Bible & Shakespeare

This course will explore how Shakespeare uses the Bible as his orchestra, making Biblical themes... More

Reading Group: James Joyce's Ulysses

This Reading Group is a fun and painless way to read (and finish!) James Joyce’s masterpiece,... More

Reading Group: Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent

Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel The Secret Agent depicts the world of late 19th and early 20th century... More

Reading Group: James Joyce's Ulysses

This Reading Group is a fun and painless way to read (and finish!) James Joyce’s masterpiece,... More

Reading Group: James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans—extremely popular when published and still read throughout the world today... More