What better way to find out if Hell truly is other people than by joining a book group?
Over the course of the year we’ll examine visions and transactions both infernal and beatific from “canonical” European authors along with a few hidden gems. Together we’ll contemplate questions like “How has literature conceived of the afterlife and/or Satan over time?” “Is evil supernatural, very much of this world, or somewhere in between?” and “Why would anyone ever read Faust, Part II?”
Infernal Journeys meets the second Tuesday of every month, 5-7pm. It is strongly recommended that you read the editions/translated mentioned below.
Tues, Sept 10 | Styx & Stones: The Greco-Roman Underworld
The Odyssey, Book 11, Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
The Aeneid, Book 6, Vergil (Either Aeneid Book VI translated by Seamus Heaney or if you are curious to read the rest of The Aeneid, the translation by Robert Fitzgerald is very good)
Tues, Oct 8 | Hell Does Freeze Over
Inferno, Dante [The Portable Dante translated by Mark Musa (Penguin Classics)]
Tues, Nov 12 | Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Purgatorio, Dante [The Portable Dante translated by Mark Musa (Penguin Classics)]
Tues, Dec 10 | The Devil You Know
Paradise Lost (excerpts TBD), John Milton (Penguin Classics)
A Preface to Paradise Lost, C.S. Lewis
Tues, Jan 14 | Just Deserts, Part 1
Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus (Penguin Classics)
Prometheus Unbound, Percy Bysshe Shelley [The Major Works Oxford World Classics edition]
Tues, Feb 11 | Just Deserts, Part 2
Pearl, anonymous (Translated by J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Triumph of Life, Percy Bysshe Shelley [The Major Works Oxford World Classics edition]
Tues, Mar 11 | The Art of the Deal
Faust, Part I, Johann Wilhelm von Goethe [Any edition trans. by Bayard Taylor]
Tues, Apr 14 | The Devil Next Door
La Sorcière (Satanism and Witchcraft), Jules Michelet [Available for free online] “Young Goodman Brown,” Nathaniel Hawthorne
Tues, May 12 | Witches and the Devil: a Different Type of Deal
Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner [NYRB edition]
Tues Jun 9 | The Devil Went Down to Moscow
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov [translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Penguin Classics]
Jonathan Migliori is a Providence native and teacher with a degree in Classics and Medieval Cultures from Brown University. When he isn’t doing this he is running RI’s hardest pub quiz, lecturing for Viking Cruises, or eating.
Bonnie Clayton is a Rhode Island native and Providence resident who graduated with a BA in English from the University of Hawaii. A former literacy instructor, she is currently doing the Devil’s work as a proofreader and copyeditor both.