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Explore the story with Professor Dr. Jonas Cope in October and November
Join Dr. Jonas Cope, Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento, as he explores the historical and cultural world behind Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights — what has been called one of the most passionate — and one of the most horrifying — love stories ever written.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 3-4:30 pm
Professor Cope will examine the “Brontë myth” by establishing a broad historical, geographical and literary context for Wuthering Heights — without spoilers. Then he will read one of Brontë’s best poems as a way of ushering readers into the world of the main characters, Catherine and Heathcliff. Copies of the poem will be provided and a discussion of the poem with the audience will follow.
Sunday, Nov. 8, 3-4:30 pm
Professor Cope will begin by reading a series of excerpts from contemporary reviews of Wuthering Heights that range from ardent praise to disgust and horror. He will then examine of one of the greatest enigmas in all of English literature — Heathcliff — who is still the focus of passionate controversy. For the remainder of the session, participants will be invited to read and share their thoughts on favorite passages.