While primarily known for his weightier Victorian novels, Charles Dickens was actually something of a short story writer at heart. Delve into a brief sampling of his short fiction, including A Christmas Carol (1843), A Christmas Tree (1850), A Flight (1851) and The Signal Man (1866). Handouts of the selected readings will be provided in class; however, participants should obtain copies of A Christmas Carol prior to the course start date. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
This class will pick up with the fourth, fifth and sixth seasons as a continuation of the previous Downton Abbey class offered in 2014. Jump into the whirling world of the Crawley family in an effort to examine the show against its historical backdrop and literature contemporaneous with the period. Selected readings will be provided in class. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Margaret Atwood's stories challenge readers to examine the ways in which they view themselves and the worlds they inhabit. Read and discuss her latest work, Stone Mattress, a collection of nine short stories, and discover the worlds her characters have created for themselves and the roles these characters play in the worlds of others. Atwood's perception of how individuals create and perceive a sense of self forms the basis of class discussion as her ideas connect to other short stoeries, poems nad passages form longer works of fiction and drama. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
The timeless story of the soldier returning home from war fascinates readers. Examine and discuss Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, the story of a soldier returning home from the Civil War; then compare this work to excerpts from Homer's Odyssey to appreciate the patterns of this journey and the constancy of the themes embedded in these texts. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
There were a handful of literary-minded women who had some insights to offer on the most catastrophic event of the early 20th century. Divide your time between two WWI novels penned by female British authors: Rebecca West's "The Return of the Soldier" (1918) and "Not So Quiet... Stepdaughters of War" (1930) by Evadne Price (pseudonym Helen Zenna Smith). Participants should read the text before coming to class. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.