On the left: Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian. On the right: Jose Saramago’s The History of the Siege of Lisbon.

History Two Ways: Yourcenar and Saramago

Cost
500.00

Available Sections

Offered for
Autumn
Section
22A2
Schedule
Day
Sat
Times
09:30 am—12:45 pm
Dates
Type
Discussion
Location
University of Chicago Gleacher Center
Taught by
Katia Mitova
Section Notes

No class Nov 26

Course Syllabus

Section 22A2 Taking an In Person Course: At Graham health and safety is our highest priority. As we resume on-site programming, we want to share COVID-19 requirements for attending.

In-person programming must adhere to University of Chicago guidelines, including the following measures:

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  • It is strongly recommended that all in-person participants receive the COVID-19 booster shot(s).

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An emperor makes history. A proofreader invents it. Who has more freedom? Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian (1951) and Jose Saramago’s The History of the Siege of Lisbon (1989) pose old questions in new and unexpected ways. Yourcenar devoted 25 years to imagining, researching, internalizing, reimagining, and writing the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (76-138 AD). The result is an unforgettable meditation on power, friendship, and love. Saramago’s wisdom, in turn, emerges through an alternative history of twelfth-century Lisbon and the love between two modern people enthralled by storytelling.

Course Outline

Required Texts:

  1. Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian. FSG Classics, 2005. ISBN: 9780374529260.
  2. José Saramago, The History of the Siege of Lisbon. Harcourt Brace, 1997. ISBN:‎ 9780156006248.

Weekly reading assignments 75 pages.

Notes

Online registration deadline: Thursday, Sept 22 at 5 PM CT.

Section 22A2 Taking an In Person Course: At Graham health and safety is our highest priority. As we resume on-site programming, we want to share COVID-19 requirements for attending.

In-person programming must adhere to University of Chicago guidelines, including the following measures:

  • All in-person participants must show proof of fully vaccinated status, defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
  • It is strongly recommended that all in-person participants receive the COVID-19 booster shot(s).

For more information on Education Guidance including vaccine requirements and masking requirements, please visit goforward.uchicago.edu/education-planning/.

For more information on measures the university is taking to help protect public health, please visit goforward.uchicago.edu.