In Conversation with Lisa Norling | Quaker Wives and Cape Horn Widows: The Women Melville Left on Shore

Date / Time

  • December 7, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

There are very few female characters in Melville’s Moby-Dick. Captain Ahab did have a wife. But she never appears in person and she’s mentioned just twice in the whole novel, both times as a symbol of the emotional ties Ahab abandoned when the Pequod set sail. In this lecture, Dr. Norling will discuss why and at what cost Melville and other maritime chroniclers overlooked an essential part of the story: the women, families and communities onshore.

Course | Read the Blood of Dracula: Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu

Date / Time

  • December 8, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Registration Tuition for this course is $25 per session Rosenbach members receive a 10% discount on tuition. If you have questions about discounted tuition please call (215) 732-1600 x 138 or email [email protected] Not a member? We invite you to join upon registration. Click here for more information about membership. This course is limited to participants who are 17 years of (more…)

Virtual Course | Fond Parents (& Favourite Children): Names and Family in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield

Date / Time

  • December 15, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • January 19, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • February 16, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • March 16, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Copperfield is variously called Davy, Trotwood, Brooks of Sheffield, Mas’r Davy, Master Murdstone, Master Copperfield, Daisy, Mister Copperfield, Trotwood, Mr Copperfull and Doady – a different name for every familial situation. Only by writing his own account can he become David Copperfield. We will consider this great novel from the point of view of the fond parent and the favourite child, always bearing in mind that DC’s initials are a reversal of CD’s.

Hogwarts at Home: Harry Potter and the Socially Distant Online Course [in progress]

Date / Time

  • December 16, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • January 27, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • February 17, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Finally. Your owl has arrived. Beginning this summer, The Rosenbach is using Zoom as a portal to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the magical world it serves. We’ll meet online every month to discuss J.K. Rowling’s entire Harry Potter series.

Virtual Course | Learning Ulysses Online [in progress]

Date / Time

  • December 17, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Students in this class will work together to gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the life and central literary achievements of James Joyce focusing on his best-known work ULYSSES (pub. 1922).

Virtual Course | Iola Leroy and Frances E.W. Harper – Philadelphia Abolitionist

Date / Time

  • January 6, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • February 3, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • February 24, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • March 10, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This course will rely on activist-teacher Harper’s anti-slavery writing, her novel titled Iola Leroy in particular, and supplemented by additional texts, including her poems, popularized by Philadelphia’s abolitionist audiences, both Black and White, whose contributions to African American struggle for freedom and equality are still visible and commemorated in our city.

Virtual Course | Stage to Screen: Great Films from Great Plays [in progress]

Date / Time

  • January 7, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • February 4, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

At a time when many of us are desperately missing theater, let’s explore four famous American plays that have been adapted for the screen; we’ll all read the play scripts and then watch the movies privately; we’ll then get together (so to speak) to discuss them–both as an interpretation of the play and as an adaptation, noting the various cinematic techniques that create meaning.