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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

George Eliot's Middlemarch

Week 2: July 12-18, 2015

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The Walter and Susan Schenker Course in the Humanities/Creative Arts

Virginia Woolf famously called George Eliot's Middlemarch (1872) "one of the few English books written for grown-up people."

This extraordinary novel embraces both the "universality" of a cosmopolitan European perspective and an intense provincial complacency. As Eliot tries to capture an entire society in the course of its evolution, her heroine Dorothea—deeply disappointed in her marriage to the self-absorbed Casaubon—mirrors many of these large transitional forces of history.

In the tumultuous period in which Middlemarch is set, and in the one in which Eliot penned the novel, a recognizable globalized world was emerging. In fact, in Eliot's dominant metaphor for connection—"the web"—we may find that Middlemarch speaks to our contemporary experience in unexpected ways.

In lively discussion with CAU favorite David Faulkner, we will attempt to grasp this novel in the context of its expansive mid-Victorian moment and of Eliot's remarkable and defiant life.

David Faulkner

David Faulkner joined the Cornell faculty as a senior lecturer in the Department of English in 2007. He teaches in the first-year writing program, including the Writing Workshop. He has also taught writing and literature at Princeton University, Tompkins Cortland... > more


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Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.