Winter Great Books Series

Cozy up to some great books this winter! Rekindle your love of literature as our fun and engaging Great Books series explores the work of three celebrated female authors. Geek out with other book lovers for three evenings of in-depth analysis and joyful discussion. Location: the Center.

Instructor: Shelley Read
Cost: $20 per session or $50 for all three
6 – 8:30 pm

Mon 1 | 27     Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

With its forthright treatment of sex and depression, The Awakening, first published in 1899, was so shocking to turn-of-the-century readers that it was neglected for decades. Rediscovered in the 1960s, this brief, beautiful novel is considered a landmark of early feminism. It is the story of Edna Pontellier, a twenty-eight-year-old wife and mother of two who—with devastating consequences—rejects her conventional married life for a transgressive path of self-discovery.


Mon 2 | 24     Virginia Woolf's A Haunted House and Other Stories
A Haunted House and Other Short Stories
 (1944) is a collection of eighteen short stories by Virginia Woolf, published posthumously by her husband, Leonard Woolf. The collection includes reprints of six of the eight stories that appeared in her first short story collection, Monday or Tuesday (1921), as well as six stories published in magazines between 1922-1941, and six more unpublished stories that were in early stages of revision when she died. In the foreword, Leonard Woolf outlines the reasons why he chose the stories (some of them they had discussed before her death, others he made an educated guess about) and includes the caveat that some of the stories are unfinished or little more than their original first-draft sketches.

Mon 3 | 30     Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping
Housekeeping is the story of sisters Ruth and Lucille, who are abandoned by their mother in her hometown of Fingerbone on the shores of a vast inky lake surrounded by foreboding mountains in northern Idaho. Their grandfather lies below its waters—a victim of a train derailment—as does their mother, who after leaving her daughters sent her car soaring from a cliff into its depths.