Shakespeare Free Read-Aloud Group: Henry IV, Part 1

Date / Time

  • November 2, 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

  • 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: Love Letters

Date / Time

  • November 3, 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.

Lunchtime Talk with Christine Woody | A Prehistory of Oversharing: The Romantic Magazine as Social Media

Date / Time

  • November 5, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

In this lecture, we will explore the dynamics and authorial practices of pseudonymous magazine authors in late-Romantic Britain. Through the writings of Charles Lamb (Elia), Thomas De Quincey (The English Opium Eater), James Hogg (The Ettrick Shepherd) and others, we will examine how these writers construct authorial persona though self-exposure, and often self-deprecation. Connecting our (more…)

Course | Dombey and Son: Charles Dickens and the Business of Family

Date / Time

  • November 5, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 3, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • January 7, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Over our four monthly class sessions, we will dive deep into one of Dickens’ less-read masterpieces. Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation, serialized between October 1846 and April 1848, deals with the fate of the business and family (inextricably intertwined) of one Paul Dombey. The novel provides new insight into the connections between many of Dickens’ well-known social concerns—class conflict, cruelty to children, unhappy marriages, and the pressures of Victorian capitalism.

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Thursdays)

Date / Time

  • November 7, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 5, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • January 2, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • February 6, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • March 5, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • April 2, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • May 7, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • June 4, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 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: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Event Phone: (215) 732-1600

Date / Time

  • November 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 Carlos Eire | The 500th Anniversary of the Erasmus New Testament

Date / Time

  • November 13, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Erasmus’s 1519 Novum Testamentum (his translation of the New Testament), with woodcuts by Hans Holbein, printed by Johann Froben, and produced specially for Bishop Tunstall, was later passed to the library at York Minster. In 1930, Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach purchased the book in an auction that helped pay for a new roof for the cathedral. Carlos Eire joins us for an illuminating discussion of the significance of this translation in the Reformation movement in Europe.