SP.260 / ESG.SP260 Women's Novels: A Weekly Book Club

Spring 2006

Portraits of Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, and Virginia Woolf.
Portraits of Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, and Virginia Woolf. (Left and center images taken from  Wikipedia; right image courtesy of George Charles Beresford.)

Course Highlights

This course features readings, as well as additional study materials.

Course Description

This pass/fail seminar should be a fun setting where we can all enjoy a love of good books together. Students will read approximately one novel every two weeks, and the class will discuss each novel in a relaxed and interactive setting, with attention to whatever themes and issues interest them most about each book. We will read a wide mixture of classic and contemporary novels written by women, including: Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth; Toni Morrison, Jazz; Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Alice Walker, The Color Purple; Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre; Sheri Reynolds, The Rapture of Canaan; Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; and Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar. Recurrent issues likely to be discussed include: gender, race, and class; romance, love, and marriage; depression and suicide; and conception, childbirth, and parenthood.
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Faye Kasemset
Jocelyn Rodal
Dr. Holly Sweet

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session