What books changed the history of literature as we know it and left an indelible impact on the world around us? Award-winning scholar, teacher, and New York Times Editors’ Choice author Professor Joseph Luzzi will explore this question in a 3-part series devoted to exploring the riches of literary expression.
In this series, we will discuss such renowned classics as Dante’s Divine Comedy, Shakespeare’s Othello, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
Professor Luzzi will show how these fascinating works help us understand some of the most pressing concerns today, including the nature of religious faith, questions of personal identity, even the quest for the American Dream. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own list of ‘essential reading,” as Professor Luzzi helps them acquire the skills necessary for enriching their encounters with books of all kinds.
In the second session, Professor Luzzi will discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Participants are invited to read the works before attending the seminar or are welcome to use the session as a precursor to later reading.
Led by an expert on literature, Professor Joseph Luzzi, this interactive seminar will discuss the works of literature which have shaped the world. Designed to inform curiosity as well as educate, participants will come away with a deeper appreciation for the selected works and for the literature as an art form.
This conversation is part of a three-part series on literature with Dr. Joseph Luzzi. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a three-week series.
- Books that Changed the World: Dante’s Divine Comedy and Shakespeare’s Othello with Dr. Joseph Luzzi
- Books that Changed the World: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises with Dr. Joseph Luzzi
- Books that Changed the World: Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and Toni Morrison’s Beloved with Dr. Joseph Luzzi
About Your Expert
Joseph Luzzi received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, where he has taught since 2002 after being a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. A frequent contributor to publications including the New York Times, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education, he is the author of 5 books, including "My Two Italies," a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and "In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love," a Vanity Fair “Must-Read” selection. His work has been translated into multiple languages and his many awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. In 2017 he was named Cittadino Onorario/Honorary Citizen in Acri, Calabria, his Italian parents' birthplace. His next book is "Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance," which will be published by W. W. Norton. Professor Luzzi is the founder of the Virtual Book Club, an online community of readers dedicated to exploring some of the best books ever written. Learn more at JosephLuzzi.com.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
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Dr Luzzi provides a fascinating look into the two books discussed and presents compelling reasons for considering their greatness. The seminar is a fun, non threatening way to approach literature.
Dr. Luzzi passion and knowledge is palpable ! The twenties in Paris is one of my favorite periods in history and this discussion wove together much more than just literature . I read gatsby every other year . I am from Philadelphia and never new the b Franklin reference. In the beginning of the lecture some one was wearing a gatsby tee shirt and dr. Luzzi asked if any one else had one . I did not but o did have a copy of Scott bergs editor of genius on the table that I started reading reading after watching the Hemingway on pbs . I feel like I have had a great literary immersion this week . This was extra special ! Best Sarah
Dr. Luzzi's seminar was informative, insightful and thought-provoking. He discussed the relationship between Fitzgerald and Hemingway and their influence on one another. I now have a much better understanding of why these two works are considered great masterpieces.
Two of my favorite authors in a new light. Dr. Luzzi’s talk renewed my appreciation of these two giants.