World Literature


Do you have great classics of world literature – Milton, Dostoyevsky, Cao Xueqin, Dante – sitting quietly on your bookshelves, classics you’ve never quite got around to reading? Or perhaps you read them many years ago and would love the chance to explore and discuss them again. If so, this group is for you.
 
Over a period of typically 3 to 4 get-togethers, we’ll delve into one of these masterpieces of prose or poetry, focusing not just on the text but also on the historical and literary context. It will give us a chance to really ‘get under the skin’ of each work.
 
From late April 2019 till mid-July, we’ll be discussing 4 different books in parallel groups:
 
– Cao Xueqin’s Dream of the Red Chamber (in English translation)
– Dante’s Inferno (in English translation)
– Trollope’s Phineas Finn
– Wharton’s The House of Mirth
 
The Cao Xueqin and Dante groups are already full, but there are still a few places available in the Trollope and Wharton groups. Please contact the overall group convener, David Hunter, for more details.
 
And if the current options aren’t quite right for you, don’t despair! We can put you on the waiting list and you will have a chance to vote for the next set of books, which we will start in September.

☐ Frequency: Each group meets on an approximately 4-week cycle
☐ When: The Trollope group will meet at 2.30 pm on the following Fridays: 17 May, 14 June, 12 July. The Wharton group will meet at 2.30 pm on the following Fridays: 10 May, 7 June, 28 June
☐ Where: Local venues
☐ Number of places per group: maximum of 12

Group Convener: David Hunter
 

To join the group please complete the contact form below. This form may also be used to contact the Convener on any other matter relating to the Group’s activities.

David Hunter is a published author with a keen interest in world literature.