Literature & Film in Lockdown

Literature & Film in Lockdown

Literary accounts teach us that plagues and pandemics have recurred sporadically throughout human history, that sooner or later, they pass; that the timing of their passing is maddeningly unknowable; and that in the meantime, people must come up with strategies to psychologically navigate the strange, silent waters of life in lockdown. In our time together in this enrichment program, we will discover how we might navigate our own COVID-19 pandemic by looking to literature and film with plague or isolation as themes. This four-week program will give you the opportunity to view prerecorded 5-minute videos, participate in a weekly online meeting on Wednesdays at 1 pm EDT, and to join an online discussion forum. The weekly topics will be:

We will be sharing the access information to the online meetings on a weekly basis when you sign up. If you've already registered, visit the series page here. Sign Up

Partners for the Kylemore Book Club include  Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, ND International, the College of Arts & Letters, the Keough School of Global Affairs, ND Learning, and the Notre Dame Alumni Association.  To read more about this partnership, please read the announcement.

Series Description

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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 7 minutes The Black Death in Florence Barry McCrea
Video 5 minutes Background to "The Decameron" Barry McCrea
Video 6 minutes Psychic survival in a pandemic Barry McCrea
Article 60 minutes Join the live virtual event Barry McCrea
Article Additional Resources Barry McCrea
Article Prepare for next week Barry McCrea
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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 6 minutes Background: Domestic Lockdown in the 1950s Barry McCrea
Video 9 minutes The Narrative System of "Rear Window" Barry McCrea
Video 8 minutes "Rear Window" as a landscape of the mind Barry McCrea
Article 60 minutes Join the live virtual event Barry McCrea
Article Prepare for next week Barry McCrea
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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 7 minutes The Politics of Camus’s Imaginary Plague Barry McCrea
Video 5 minutes Heroes, Victims, and Lovers in "The Plague" Barry McCrea
Video 5 minutes Coming out of Lockdown Barry McCrea
Article Join the live virtual event Barry McCrea
Article Thank you for your participation!
Article Reflection & Discussion Questions
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