Take an in-depth look into Louisa May Alcott's 19th century American classic, Little Women (1868). Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Alcott's biographical background as well as the historical significance, cultural context, and technical skill of one of America's most endearing Civil War-era novels. Evaluate the text in relation to its 1994 film adaptation. Participants are encouraged to obtain and read the novel in advance of the course dates. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Twentieth century Christian author C.S. Lewis, popularly known for his Chronicles of Narnia series and his literary friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, masterfully donned an array of literary hats during his prolific writing career. Survey the various genres of Lewis's most notable works: his theologically rich children's series (1950-56); his epistolary novel The Screwtape Letters (1942); the science fiction of his Space Trilogy (1938-45); his theological nonfiction in Mere Christianity (1952); his select poetry; and his autobiography Surprised by Joy (1955). Excerpts will be provided in class, but participants are welcome to read any of these works in their entirety before class. Christian and religious themes will be central to this discussion-based literary survey. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Victorian "Condition-of-England" author Elizabeth Gaskell spoke to the hardships of an increasingly industrialized England in her 1855 novel North and South. Familiarize yourself with this lesser-known contemporary of Charles Dickens and her socially poignant literary contributions. You will also evaluate the text in relation to its 2004 film adaptation. Participants are encouraged to obtain and read the novel in advance of the course dates. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.