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Understanding Middle East Politics through Literature, Part II

We’ll read five books by authors from the Middle East that address significant contemporary topics and political events in an effort to gain a better understanding of the region.  Five Fridays: September 5, 19, October 10, 24, November 7, 1 – 3 p.m.


Fish Without Bicycles: The Second Women's Movement in America, 1963-1983

This course will chart the progress and setbacks of the women’s movement in America, its supporters and opponents, from publication of The Feminine Mystique and passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963 to the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1983. Four Wednesdays: October 1, 15, 22, November 5, 1 – 3 p.m.


Americans in Paris: A Literary Journey to the City of Light

In addition to the sheer pleasure of reading and discussing good fiction and nonfiction, this class will offer insight into French and American history and culture, as well as the nature of the fundamental and historic relationship between France and the U.S.  Five Thursdays: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.



Fall Poetry Circle: Charles Baudelaire & Rainer Maria Rilke

An introduction to the poems of two of the most magisterial and influential European writers of the 19th Century: Charles Baudelaire and Rainer Maria Rilke. Six Tuesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 3 – 4:30 p.m.


Poetry Circle Intensive: Baudelaire & Rilke (1502)

These two seminars will consider two of the most magisterial and These seminars will consider two of the most magisterial and influential European writers of the 19th Century: Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867) and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926). Two Wednesdays: January 7, 14, 3 – 5 p.m.

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Winter 2015 Poetry Circle: Jack Gilbert & Linda Gregg (1501)

This winter’s poetry circle will study the poems of Jack Gilbert and Linda Gregg, two American poets who influenced each other deeply, whose voices and techniques resonate against each other but whose apertures into emotion remain distinct. Six Tuesdays: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 17, 24 (no class February 10), 3 – 4:30 p.m.

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Faulkner: The Compson Novels

Examine two of Faulkner’s richest novels, The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! with a "slow reading" approach, spending about three sessions per book and in-depth analysis of character, style, and theme. Six Thursdays: September 4, 18, October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 1 – 3 p.m.


Two Sides of the Story: Novels by Evan Connell and Jane Gardam

We’ll consider two pairs of novels that look back on a life, and a marriage, from both the husband and the wife’s perspective, discussing how they complement one another and how they stand alone, and along the way delve into how the author’s use of perspective determines the story. Two Wednesdays: October 1 and November 5, 1 – 3 p.m.



Virginia Woolf: A Novel of One's Own

This course will examine and compare Virginia Woolf’s The Years and A Room of One’s Own to understand her handling of theme, character, time, and setting. Six Fridays: Sept 5, 19, Oct 3, 17, 31, Nov 14, 1 – 3 p.m.


James Joyce's DUBLINERS

In honor of its centenary, this class will explore and discuss the fifteen stories of James Joyce’s Dubliners. Four Fridays: October 31, November 7, 14, and 21, 6 – 8 p.m.

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Bright Young Things: A Study of Three 20th-Century British Novels

This fall, join us for college capers, finishing school treachery, and teenage mobsters with three classics, Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock, and Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Three Mondays: November 10, 17, 24, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Interpretations of Sherlock Holmes, Part II

Sherlock Holmes has been transposed onto stage, page, radio, and screen in a way that stretches the boundaries of his original inception. In this class, we will read original works by Doyle and recent fiction featuring the detective to explore what these characterizations show us about our understanding of human behavior and our broadening social norms. Five Sundays: September 21, October 12, 26, November 9, 23, 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Dorothy L. Sayers: Feminism and Detection between the World Wars

Examine turbulent years of 1920 – 1939 as Britain struggles to find itself in the wake of WWI through the brilliant and witty detective fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers. Five Mondays: September 8, 22, October 13, 27, November 10, 1 – 3 p.m.


Agatha, Empress of Crime

Delve into the legacy, history, character-building, and plot-crafting of Dame Agatha Christie, whose world-famous mysteries have sold more than four billion copies.  Session One: Tuesday, November 18, 1 – 3 p.m. Session Two: Thursday, November 20, 3 – 5 p.m.

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