First Friday: Is it Raining? Texts and Subtexts in Great Works of Literature 4/7/2017

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Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
5th Floor Rooms 5G and 5W
Chicago, IL 60602

Oscar Wilde makes the following observation: “Pray don’t talk to me about the weather. Whenever people talk about the weather, I always feel quite certain they mean something else. And that makes me nervous." There are many examples of this kind of ‘nervousness' in literature. Sometimes it is blatantly obvious; other times hidden, veiled, sublimated, purposefully ambiguous. As we approach several examples in literature, let us relax as we unravel some of the greatest hidden examples of ‘nervousness.' In our adroitness, let us quell and unravel some of those hidden textual meanings that are meant to allude us.


Raymond Ciacci

Raymond Ciacci

Mr. Ciacci is a lecturer in the College and the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD from the university’s Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World.

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April 7, 2017
12:15 PM