Evanston Public Library will offer a third free mini-course in collaboration with the Northwestern Emeritus Organization: City Novels of Paris, London, and Chicago. 

City Novels will be taught by Professor emerita Michal Peled Ginsburg, former chair of Northwestern’s Department of French and Italian, and former director of Northwestern’s Program in Comparative Literary Studies. She is a past Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. In this course, Professor Ginsburg will be demonstrating revolutionary analysis tools as a way to explore these novels, including the digital mapping and grouping techniques she has been using, together with colleagues at the University of Michigan, as reported here.

The course has two sessions and attendance is required at both: 

April 23, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Walking the City: spatial and social mobility in Balzac’s “Old Goriot” and Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”

April 30, 6:45-8:45 p.m. The metaphor of the city in Hugo’s “Les Misérables” and Dreiser’s “Sister Carrie”

This class will meet in the Community Meeting Room at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Registration is required by visiting epl.org or calling 847-448-8620. Readings will be distributed electronically to all registered participants and individuals on the waiting list.