Bailey Cove Classics

Bailey Cove Classics: Lysistrata

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, December 4, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Writing at a time of political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes (c. 447-c. 385 B.C.) was an eloquent, yet bawdy, challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. In Lysistrata, a band of women plea for an end to the long war between Athens and Sparta.

Bailey Cove Classics: Mourning Becomes Electra

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

This play updates the Greek myth of Orestes to the family of a Northern general in the American Civil War. Agamemnon is now General Ezra Mannon, Clytemnestra is his second wife Christine, Orestes is his son Orin, and Electra is his daughter Lavinia. As an updated Greek tragedy, the play features murder, adultery, incestuous love and revenge, and even a group of townspeople who function as a kind of Greek chorus.

Bailey Cove Classics - Candide

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, September 8, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

One of the finest satires ever written. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that-- contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss-- all is not always for the best. Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, Candide teaches us that it is possible to challenge blind optimism without losing the will to live and pursue a happy life.

Bailey Cove Classics: Canterbury Tales

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, November 6, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Canterbury Tales depicts a storytelling competition between 14th century English pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society. The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves, encompassing comedy, pathos, tragedy, and cynicism. The discussion will be led by UAH English professor, Dr. Munson.

Bailey Cove Classics: Desire Under the Elms

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, November 7, 2005 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Widower Ephraim Cabot abandons his New England farm to his three sons, who hate him but share his greed. Eben, the youngest and brightest sibling, feels the farm is his birthright, as it originally belonged to his mother. He buys out his half-brothers' shares of the farm with money stolen from his father, and Peter and Simeon head off to California to seek their fortune. Later, Ephraim returns with a new wife, the beautiful and headstrong Abbie, who enters into an adulterous affair with Eben.

Bailey Cove Classics: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, June 9, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

It is Christmas in Camelot and a truly royal feast has been laid out for King Arthur and his Knights. And though there is plenty of good cheer to go around, the festivities hardly begin before a monstrous, axe-wielding, green-skinned Knight barges in. He has come to see the famous Knights of the Round Table and offer them a simple but deadly challenge -a challenge taken on by the brave Sir Gawain -a challenge that will force him to chose between his honor and his life.

Bailey Cove Classics: Prometheus Unbound

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, October 2, 2006 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Prometheus Unbound is a four-act play by Percy Bysshe Shelley first published in 1820. It is inspired by Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound and concerns the final release from captivity of Prometheus.

Bailey Cove Classics: Oresteia

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Oresteia, the only extant trilogy among the Greek tragedies, is one of the great foundational texts of Western culture. Beginning with Agamemnon, which describes Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War and his murder at the hands of his wife, Clytemnestra, and continuing through Orestes' murder of Clytemnestra in Libation Bearers and his acquittal at Athena's court in Eumenides, the trilogy traces the evolution of justice in human society from blood vengeance to the rule of law.

Bailey Cove Classics: Idylls of the King

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, July 7, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

UAH professor Dr. Jennifer Garlen will discuss the evolution of the Arthurian legend. About the book: with regal melancholy and superb craftsmanship, Tennyson's poems evoke past and present-the Isle of the Lotos-eaters, Camelot, and his own twilit English gardens-seeking to reconcile the Victorian zeal for public progress with private despair. Praised over all other poets for his unerring portraits of the gentleman and the beggar alike, Tennyson still favored neither.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Blithedale Romance

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, August 4, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Renouncing the city for a pastoral life, a group of utopians set out to reform a dissipated America. But the group is a powerful mix of competing ambitions and its idealism finds little satisfaction in farmwork. Instead, of changing the world, the members of the Blithedale community individually pursue egotistical paths that ultimately lead to tragedy.

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