F409 Fall 2018 The Way We Live Now
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Sept. 19–Nov. 7
Instructor: Kay Menchel
In this class we will read and discuss Anthony Trollope’s 1875 novel The Way We Live Now, a satirical dramatization of the ways in which avarice distorts a society. Although Trollope is perhaps slightly less famous than contemporaries such as Charles Dickens and George Eliot, he is very much their equal as a storyteller and one of the most acclaimed authors of the 19th century. Many consider The Way We Live Now to be his magnum opus. The book’s title, of course, suggests both its panoramic scope and the urgency with which it comments on life in the 1870s. Its preoccupations remain highly relevant today. In addition to exploring the power of Trollope’s art, we will also look at the parallels between his gripping narrative and the present moment.
Kay Menchel, who grew up in Yorkshire, England, is a lawyer who also holds an MA in English literature from George Mason University. She enjoys sharing her passion for English literature with OLLI members.