962 Winter 2019 The Best Novel of Them All
Monday, 11:50–1:15, Feb. 4
Instructor: Conrad Geller
Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman was a sensation when it first appeared in 1759, and ever since it has been an object of both unrestrained praise and critical neglect. A rollicking, ungovernable tale of life in that period, it defies literary definition and has been called a novel that could never be made into a film (one was, in 2005, a miserable failure). This lecture will attempt to bring some order to the seeming chaos of this book, without, however, explaining its existence or its lasting popularity. Reading the novel in advance is unnecessary and, indeed, not recommended.
Conrad Geller considers himself a reincarnation, or at least a soul-mate, of the Rev. Mr. Sterne. He is also an OLLI member, which should allow him some leeway.