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A literary seminar with Mark Scarbrough!

Who am I? It’s a psychological question, sure. But also a historical question. And a political, cultural one. Today in European and North American society, we answer that question based on the work of writers and thinkers who toiled in the looming wreckage of the nineteenth century, as the great ideals came apart and they struggled to make meaning in an increasingly fragmented world. In this literary seminar, we’ll read three “personal” narratives—or attempts to come at what a person is—by three of the formative thinkers of the beginnings of our world: Gertrude Stein, Sigmund Freud, and Marcel Proust. Prepare for lively discussions, challenging readings, great camaraderie, and mind-resetting narratives as we delve into the heart of the modernist question of exactly who we are.

Register to attend via Zoom:


In-Person attendance is FULL.

Contact scovilleadultprograms@biblio.org with any questions regarding registration.

Readings will be from Stein’s Three Lives (1909), Proust’s Swann’s Way (1913), and Freud’s A Case of Hysteria (Dora) (1905).


CHANGE IN SYLLABUS: 3/7 – Proust’s Swann’s Way, 3/14 – (Super session!) Gertrude Stein’s “The Gentle Lena” and the conclusion of Proust.



Some copies of these books will be available through SML. For information about the specific editions recommended by Scarbrough and the books available for purchase at Oblong Books, Millerton, please visit Oblong Books Landing Page (oblongbooks.com/scovillelibrary)


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