We will read novels written by a diverse group of women about women and the men in their lives ranging from mid-19th century to present day. Our discussions will focus on the social and cultural contexts which shaped these authors and their novels and the powerful writing that brings their ideas to life. We will look at works by British, American, and Indian women in order to deepen our understanding of the issues confronting women and men across gender, time frames, class lines, ethnicity and culture and the different paths they take toward resolution. LIMITED REGISTRATION.
Suggested Reading: The Awakening (Kate Chopin), Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf), Lila (Marilynne Robinson), The Space Between Us (Thrity Umrigar). Depending on time and student choice, we may add selected stories by Alice Munro.
Maureen Grant is professor emerita and an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a Ph.D. from Drew University in New Jersey, and has twice served as a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University. She has dedicated her career to higher education in a variety of capacities, as a scholar, professor, division chair, dean, vice president, and acting president.