WOMEN IN BRITAIN: Sex, Lies, Money, And Power(lessness)
SUSAN WILLENS AND VIRGINA NEWMYER
All sessions of this class are now fully enrolled.
For participants' reference, the classes will meet:
January: Tuesday, the 10th, and Wednesday, the 11th
February: Tuesday, the 21st and Wednesday, the 22nd
March: Tuesday, the 13th, and Wednesday the 14th
April: Tuesday the 10th, and Wednesday, the 11th
May: Tuesday, the 8th, and Wednesday, the 9th
Session 3: Wednesday, January 18; Monday, February 27; Wednesday, March 21; Wednesday, April 18; Friday, May 11, 1-3 p.m.
All classes meet from 1-3 p.m. at Politics & Prose.
William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, 1593
Jane Austen, Persuasion, 1818
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White, 1860
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, 1925
Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus, 1980.
The position of British women, from the 16th century until the present, has undergone dramatic change because of transformations in the structure of society. In over 500 years of history, women--in a continuous struggle with men and other women, privately and in public--have gained in power, in wealth, and in education. In this course, we will trace their progress, through examinations of history and literature, as women have approached full citizenship, economic rights, and personal freedom.
The class, with lectures and discussion, will meet 1 - 3 p.m., on the dates noted at left.
Price: $120 ($100 for P&P members).
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Virginia Newmyer has lectured frequently for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and in Great Britain on a wide variety of topics in British history and literature. She also teaches at OLLI at American University, as well as Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and Jupiter. For five years she and Susan Willens have been holding classes at Politics and Prose that examine the threads that join British fiction and history. She has been crazy about English novels since she was twelve years old.
Dr. Susan Willens, emerita professor of English at George Washington University, has joined Virginia Newmyer in offering classes on British history and literature at Politics and Prose for many years. She also teaches at the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and other book-discussion classes. She is an incurable teacher!