Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.
The term Victorian has accumulated many meanings in the 100 years since its century and ruler have passed–stodgy, disciplined, sentimental are a few words associated with English life during the century that made England the ruling power economically and politically in much of the world. In this class we will read some of the literature which presents different moods, ideas, and aspirations from those we are accustomed to thinking of as Victorian, namely: antic comedy and cultural fantasizing in two novels, and longing, depth psychology, and sublimity in three poets. We will start with Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, then move on to the poems of Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and end with the Imperial Adventure story She, by H. Rider-Haggard, a great popular favorite whose readers included Sigmund Freud. There is a light-heartedness and well as intensity about the literature of this era. Let’s discover how these two tones relate to a world now past, which in many ways created and continues in ours.
The following is the list of preferred editions for the course texts:
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll, Modern Library
The Penguin Book of Victorian Verse, editor Daniel Karlin, Penguin Classics
She, H. Rider Haggard, Penguin Classics
Class 1, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
Class 2, Through the Looking Glass
Class 3, Poems by Arnold, Browning, Tennyson
Class 4, Poems by Arnold, Browning, Tennyson
Class 5, She: A History of Adventure
Class 6, She: A History of Adventure
Like the Spring weather, the Boston Classical Trio returns to the Athenaeum this April for another dynamic performance on period instruments.
The renowned early music specialists of Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Guy Fishman, principal cellist, Susanna Ogata, violinist and Assistant Concertmaster, and Ian Watson, Associate Conductor and principal keyboardist, offer a program of Beethoven and Haydn.
Last spring’s concert was sold out.
Don’t miss this chance to hear Boston Classical Trio’s nuanced interpretations of classical masterpieces!
All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.
First in a series of three lectures. Tonight’s topic is William Blake.
Observe Earth Day at the Athenaeum and help us prepare the grounds for spring and summer. Bring your own garden gloves and hand tools, if you have them. We have some rakes and tools available so please come even if you do not have your own.
La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome.
Stories of Substance is an original play about young adults and their experiences with substance use and abuse. It is inspired by true stories of local young adults, developed and written by Brunonia Barry, Anne Lucas, Lisa Jendrysik, Matthew Phillion and director Damon Krometis. The play originally premiered with local student actors at the Salem YMCA in 2017 and has been performed in North Shore schools.