Faces of WWII (2006)

Three Sessions to choose from, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, once a month (January to May), from 1 to 3 pm

Please note: May dates are postponed.

Session One (Tuesdays): Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 6 (Mon), May 5 *SOLD OUT*

Session Two (Wednesdays): Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 4, Apr 7 (Tue), May 6 *SOLD OUT*

Session Three (Thursdays): Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 9, May 7 *SOLD OUT*

Price: 
$135.00 (10% off for members)

This Winter/Spring they will teach a course that examines World War II through the broad lens of European fiction. In five novels, in settings as varied as London, France, the Balkans, the Western Front, and Germany, Willens and Newmyer will explore the ways in which characters manage their lives under threats so dire that some respond with unexpected heroism, others resigned to tragedy. The course will attempt to figure out why, when women and men alike are challenged to be their best, some rise, others fall. The books are The Great Fortune (1960) and The Spoilt City, by Olivia Manning; Atonement (2001), by Ian McEwen; Life after Life (2013), by Kate Atkinson;  and All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr.

Three Sessions to choose from, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, once a month (January to May), from 1 to 3 pm

Please note: May dates are postponed.

Session One (Tuesdays): Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 6 (Mon), May 5 *SOLD OUT*

Session Two (Wednesdays): Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 4, Apr 7 (Tue), May 6 *SOLD OUT*

Session Three (Thursdays): Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 9, May 7 *SOLD OUT*

 

The books are The Great Fortune (1960), and The Spoilt City, by Olivia Manning from Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy; Atonement (2001), by Ian McEwen; Life after Life (2013), by Kate Atkinson; and All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr.

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 and 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.

Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy Cover Image
By Olivia Manning, Rachel Cusk (Introduction by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781590173312
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 19th, 2010

Atonement: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385721790
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2003

Life After Life: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501173219
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017