Past Workshops

Selves, 2019—

12-Week Online Workshop
February 5 — May 7, 2021

Dante, Inferno XXVI
Primo Levi, “The Ulysses Canto” (from If this is a Man)
Henry James, The Jolly Corner
Isak Dinesen, The Immortal Story
Orson Welles, The Immortal Story (movie)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tropical Malady (movie)
Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley
Anthony Minghella, The Talented Mr. Ripley (movie)
Clément Purple, Noon [Plein soleil] (movie)
Julio Cortázar, “Axolótl”; “The Night Face Up”; “The End of the Game”
Machado de Assis, “The Mirror”
Clarice Lispector, “If it were me”
Luigi Pirandello, The Late Mattia Pascal
Krzysztof Kieslowski, The Double Life of Véronique
Heinrich von Kleist, “On the Puppet Theatre”
Pierre, Michon, “Life of Joseph Roulin”
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, All About Eve (movie)
Pedro Almodóvar, All About my Mother

11-Week Online Workshop
September 4 — November 13, 2020

Seamus Heaney, “Making Strange”, and Eavan Boland, “A Woman Without a Country”
Apuleius, The Golden Ass
Maryse Condé, The Belle Créole
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, I Know Where I’m Going!
Isak Dinesen and Gabriel Axel, Babette’s Feast and Babette’s gaestebud
Aimé Césaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land
Tommaso Landolfi, The Autumn Story
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Mati Diop, Atlantics
Christopher Isherwood, Mr Norris Changes Trains
Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea and A Ciambra

Online Reading Group
September-December, 2019

The Book of Ruth

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome, Italy
May 23-26, 2019

Virginia Woolf, The Years
Annie Ernaux, The Years [Les années]
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Les Plages d’Agnès, directed by Agnès Varda (2008)

Click here to read our report from Rome!

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Transformations, 2016-2018

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Global Gateway in Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
August 16-20, 2016

Ovid, The Metamorphosis
Shakespeare, “A Midsummers’ Night Dream”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies
Sweeney Astray, translated from medieval Irish by Seamus Heaney
Rosa Rosà, “A Woman with Three Souls”

Sunrise, directed by F.W. Murnau (1927)

Guest Speakers: Caitríona Ní Dhúill, Paola Sica, and Fintan O’Toole

Princeton University
Princeton Athens Center for Research and Hellenic Study in Athens, Greece
May 24-27, 2017

Aeschylus, Oresteia
poems by Constantine Cavafy
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Il Gattopardo

The Rules of the Game, directed by Jean Renoir (1939)

Guest Speaker: Edmund Keeley

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
February 23-24, 2018

Mme de Lafayette, La Princesse de Clèves
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Sylvia Plath, “Lady Lazarus” and “Colossus”

Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo

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Emotions, 2015-2016

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Global Gateway in Dublin, Ireland
March 20-21, 2015

Giorgio Bassani, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way
poems by Eavan Boland and Michael Hartnett

The Magnificent Ambersons, directed by Orson Welles (1942)

Centro de Estudos Comparatistas,  University of Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal
November 6-7, 2015

Honore Balzac, Cousin Bette
Willa Cather, The Professor’s House
Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Pied Beauty”
Edward Hirsch, “Wild Gratitude”
Melanie Klein, “Envy and Gratitude”

Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, directed by Manoel de Oliveira (2009)

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
February 26-27, 2016

Emily Dickinson, “Mine enemy is growing old” and “My Life had stood- a Loaded Gun”
Homer, The Iliad,
Heinrich von Kleist, “Michael Koolhaas”
Michel de Montaigne, “Of Anger”

The Big Heat, directed by Fritz Lang (1953)

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Political Passions, 2013-2014

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
November 8-9, 2013

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Stendhal, The Red and The Black

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome, Italy
May 22-25, 2014

Jorge Luis Borges, “Three Versions of Judas” and “The Theme of the Traitor and Hero”
James Joyce, Dubliners
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1964)

Synapsis – European School for Comparative Studies
Certosa di Pontignano
Pontignano, Italy
September 1-8, 2014