Program Details

Book Club:  Madeline Miller's "Circe"

Cora Bresciano
Arts & Letters

Course Description

This bestselling novel is a retelling of the story of Circe, the daughter of a Titan and a Nymph, best known for her role in "The Odyssey" where she turns Odysseus' sailors into pigs. Circe tells her own story here, interacting with many of the characters of Greek mythology and wrestling with loyalties and love. Having read the assigned chapters in advance, participants will come prepared to discuss the novel and examine the resonance of these ancient characters and themes in the 21st century. Participants will enjoy reading the absorbing story and exploring the myths and themes woven into this award-winning novel. Space is limited.


  1. Discuss Chapters 1-8
  2. Discuss Chapters 9-15
  3. Discuss Chapters 16-21
  4. Discuss Chapters 22-27

About the Instructor

  • Cora Bresciano, MFA, was the co-founder and, for fourteen years, the executive director of Blue Planet Global Education, a non-profit organization that coached educators on creating international writing-and-arts collaborations. She has been a Visiting Instructor at FAU, teaching myth and magical realism in literature along with creative and first-year writing. She lectures and presents in the U.S. and abroad, most recently in Lisbon at the Modern Language Association International Symposium. She is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation on the agency of myth and absence in Franco's Spain and Francoist historical fiction. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from FAU, where she received the Frank and Courtney Brogan Award in Fiction, and a bachelor's degree in music education from Hofstra University in New York.