Thursday, June 15, 2017

Islanders Read the Classics: Phil Weinstein on Classic Short Stories

Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College, will present the next in the ongoing program series "Islanders Read the Classics", with a six-part seminar on classic short stories. This free seminar will be held at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven beginning October 4th, and continuing on October 18th, November 1st, November 15th, November 29th, and December 13th.

Professor Weinstein will discuss selected works by six masters of the genre:
  • Herman Melville: Benito Cereno, Billy Budd
  • Leo Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Kreutzer Sonata, Master and Man (The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories, Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)
  • Anton Chekhov: Ward No. 6, The Lady with the Little Dog, In the Ravine, and 3-4 other stories (Stories of Anton Chekhov, Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)
  • Henry James: The Turn of the Screw, The Beast in the Jungle
  • James Joyce: Dubliners
  • Franz Kafka: The Judgment, The Metamorphosis, A Hunger Artist, A Country Doctor, Jackals and Arabs, A Report to an Academy, In the Penal Colony (Selected Stories, Muir translation)
The "Islanders Read the Classics" series is presented by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association in partnership with the Martha's Vineyard Times. Once each month, an island library will host a free talk by an educator who has a passion for a specific book. Participants are encouraged to read the books in advance, however it is not required. Copies of the books may be requested through your local CLAMS library. For further details, contact the hosting library.  Other upcoming events in the series include Nancy Aronie on Ram Dass at 5:30pm June 29th at Aquinnah Public Library, and John Hough on The Confessions of Nat Turner at 7pm July 25th at West Tisbury Library. For further details, contact the hosting library.

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