Bryn Mawr Film Institute: “It’s Alive!”

Date / Time

  • November 21, 2017
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

“It’s Alive!”: Monsters in Horror Cinema
This off-site event is presented in tandem with the Rosenbach’s Frankenstein and Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science.






Museum Adventure at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • November 30, 2017
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Calling all pre-schoolers! Come play with us on the last Thursday morning of every month. We’ll read a story together and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach brothers’ glitzy Rittenhouse Square home to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, families are welcome to join us in our activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.






Course: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Date / Time

  • November 30, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • December 7, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • December 14, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuition includes admission to a performance of A Christmas Carol by the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, which will take place at the Rosenbach on Thursday, December 14.






Hands-On Tour: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • December 1, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Rosenbach is well known for the works of James Joyce and Bram Stoker, but the “English Literature” collections include many other notable Irish authors as well. In addition to Ulysses and Dracula, we’ll read and handle works by some of these others, and look at their connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson and Moby-Dick to the present day.






Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Sundays)

Date / Time

  • December 3, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 7, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 4, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 4, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 1, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 6, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 3, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Heralded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Ulysses is also considered one of the most daunting. The Rosenbach offers a welcoming discussion-based environment and unparalleled access to primary resource materials from our James Joyce collection to deepen readers’ understanding of the text and the author himself. First-time Ulysses readers and returning fans alike are welcome in either group.






Hands-On Tour: Picturing Cervantes

Date / Time

  • December 8, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“Picturing Cervantes” explores the ways Don Quixote has been imagined and illustrated through the centuries, featuring remarkable drawings and prints by notable artists such as Gustave Doré and Honoré Daumier. Explore depictions of the questing Don, his companion Sancho Panza, and his noble steed Rocinanante from artworks created shortly after the heroic entry of the “Ingenious Gentleman” onto the field of literature, and through the centuries beyond.






Bibliococktails: Drinking with Dickens

Date / Time

  • December 8, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Description Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come aren’t the only spirits in Charles Dickens’ writing: Dickens stirred quite a few references to drink into his stories, and his letters reveal his pleasure and pride in a punch recipe of his own devising. We’ll be samping Dickens’ own punch, among other beverages, to ring in this wintry reception. Bibliococktails The (more…)

Course: Vampire Literature

Date / Time

  • December 9, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 13, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This class will study the shifting images and themes of the rise of the vampire as a literary obsession, beginning with the first literary vampire: Sir Frances Varney, star of the notorious penny dreadful, Varney the Vampire, or, The Feast of Blood. The class will then study Bram Stoker’s classic, Dracula, and with a focus on the ways Stoker borrowed, shifted, and altered the tropes started by Rymer. For the second half of the semester, the class will study the vampire in contemporary literature, exploring how modern authors reimagine classic vampire images and themes and how modern vampires reflect the shifting political landscape.






Finnegans Wake Reading Group [REGISTRATION CLOSED]

Date / Time

  • December 10, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 8, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 13, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Once James Joyce had finished Ulysses, he embarked on “Work in Progress,” the project that would occupy him for the remaining seventeen years of his writing life. Finally titled Finnegans Wake when it was published in 1939, the book has since been recognized as the most challenging, inventive, playful, polyglot book of the twentieth century.