Beginning in September, Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of Literature at Swarthmore College, will present a six-part workshop on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The series will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre at 54 Spring Street in Vineyard Haven. Class dates are September 17th, October 1st, 15th, & 29th, November 12th, & December 3rd.
"Not a novel," Tolstoy said about his epic novel, yet War and Peace is a supreme example of 19th-century Western fiction. Realistic, recognizable, filled with intricate and sympathetic characters, this novel does what great novels do: it informs and it entertains. It also does more: it seeks not just to rewrite history but to articulate the philosophy of history, intermingling the real and the invented in ways that baffled Tolstoy's critics. Reading 200 pages per session (every two weeks, for three months), we shall take the time necessary to do justice to Tolstoy's masterpiece.
In order to prepare enough materials the library requests that patrons register in advance, online or at the library main desk.
To prepare for the first class, it is recommended that participants read Volume One, Parts One and Two. Professor Weinstein will be using the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation of the book.