DORSET, Vt. -- Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is delighted to bring Professor Julie Cassiday of Williams College to the Northshire for her lecture, "’Anna Karenina’ Contains All Knowledge," on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Widely hailed as the greatest novel ever written, Leo Tolstoy’s "Anna Karenina" represents the height of literary Realism and the culmination of the 19th-century novels of adultery. In early drafts, Tolstoy tried to condemn Anna’s decision to break her marriage vows in black and white terms. Yet the final version of "Anna Karenina" contains a fictional world so vast and so complex that it defies any attempt to occupy a single moral position.
This lecture will examine Tolstoy’s masterwork, paying special attention to its historical context, so that we can understand why a novel written over 130 years ago continues to enthrall readers and to provoke a combined esthetic and moral response.
Those interested in reading "Anna Karenina" ahead of time should use the translation by Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear, available from Penguin Books in paperback, hardcover or ebook.
Cassiday received her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from Stanford University and works as a professor of Russian at Williams College, where she has taught Russian language and literature for almost 20 years.
Tickets for this event are $20 and may be purchased online or by phone: greenmtnacademy.org, 802-366-1820.