Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love (19139)

Three sections of a single 2-hour course offered: September 24th (19139-1), 25th (19139-2), 26th (19139-3), from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

$45.00 (10% off for members)

Two stories mingle in this novel, one that begins in 1897, the other a hundred years later. As the 20th century opens, Lady Anna Winterbourne, the young widow of an English officer who served in Sudan, tours Egypt. She acts with daring that would shock the British who have colonized the country. Riding in forbidden territory, dressed as a man, she is captured and used as leverage to free a political prisoner. She meets and falls in love with Sharif Basha al-Bahroudi, an upper-class Egyptian, and becomes familiar with Arabic and the Egyptian struggle against British imperialism.

100 years later, American Isabel Partman, Anna's great- granddaughter, discovers Anna's papers in a trunk. She sends the trunk to her friend Amal, Sharif's great-niece, who lives in Cairo. Together and apart, in Cairo and New York, the two modern women piece together Anna's history, which is interwoven with Egypt's struggle to free itself from the British Raj. The tale of Anna and Sharif keeps pace with Isabel's and Amal's stories and contemporary events. The narratives of the two eras echo each other as Adaf Soueif explores old and new social problems and personal relations affected by Britain's unwanted presence in Egypt. Three sections of a single 2-hour course offered: September 24th (19139-1), 25th (19139-2), 26th (19139-3), from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Map of Love, by Ahdaf Soueif (9780385720113)

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 OLLI courses at American University, as well as at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and Jupiter.

Dr. Susan Willens, emerita professor of English at George Washington University, also teaches at the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and other literature classes.

For 15 years, Virginia and Susan have been holding classes at Politics & Prose that examine the threads that join British fiction and history.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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ISBN: 9780385720113
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Published: Anchor - September 12th, 2000

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