Hands-on Tour: Picturing Cervantes

Date / Time

  • September 6, 2019
    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.

Shakespeare Free Read-Aloud Group: As You Like It

Date / Time

  • September 7, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare’s plays aloud offers not only a communal way to enjoy these great works but also promotes a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry and wordplay. No acting experience is required to participate — just bring a copy of the play we’re reading…and your voice!

Course | Fanged Females: Woman Vampires in Contemporary Film

Date / Time

  • September 8, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 6, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 3, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 1, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 12, 2020
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 2, 2020
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In popular film, depictions of female vampires are fascinating in their variety; while some hew more closely to Bram Stoker’s rather one-dimensional Victorian prototype, others are more nuanced and psychologically complex, reflecting changing cultural attitudes about women, and also reflecting the changing ways in which women view themselves. This class will include a selection of films made after 1980 from a diverse group of filmmakers, all of which feature female vampires as the protagonists.

Hands-on Tour: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Event Phone: (215) 732-1600

Date / Time

  • September 8, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Along with James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript of his modernist masterpiece Ulysses, we’ll also read and handle works by Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and more! These Irish authors have connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson and Moby-Dick to the present day.

In Conversation with Maya Jasanoff

Date / Time

  • September 12, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Author of The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, a brilliant new interpretation of one of the great voices in modern literature. Jasanoff reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization.

Hands-On Tour: Early Hebrew Books II: The Lost Tribes of Israel

Date / Time

  • September 13, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

While Jews themselves were rare in the Americas in the 17th century, word of the possible re-appearance of the Lost Tribes of Israel in the New World spread through the printed word in texts published in London and the Continent during the middle of the century. This tour examines early printed books in English, Latin, Dutch, Hebrew, and Native American languages, but only curiosity is required to learn about them. This fascinating mix of books tell a story of cultural misunderstanding in an age of exploration and expansion.

Course | Marriage, Murder, and the Madhouse: Victorian Sensation Fiction, or, 19th Century Bestsellers You May Have Missed

Date / Time

  • September 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 12, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 11, 2020 - January 12, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 8, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The bestselling novels of the Victorian era are not what you think they are. Beneath the appearance of public respectability, the Victorians devoured novels of mystery, bigomy, madness, the supernatural, seductions, arsonists, and addicts. These now-forgotten novels kept the Victorians reading far into the night, too terrified to blow out the bedside candle. This genre, known as Sensation Fiction, became the best-selling, blockbuster novels of the 19th Century and outsold Dickens, Trollope, and the Brontes.

Hands-on Tour: Love Letters

Date / Time

  • September 15, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for this rare peek into some of the most personal and emotional writing in our collections. From the aching yearnings of poet John Keats to the dying wishes of a Civil War solider, the Rosenbach is home to a variety of love letters. Spend an hour getting up-close and personal with a variety of treasures, including correspondence from Marlene Dietrich to Mercedes De Acosta and handwritten pages from James Joyce’s Ulysses.