955 Winter 2019 The Underground Railroad Redux
Monday, 2:15–3:40, Jan. 28
United Christian Parish, Reston
Instructor: Linda Blair
Coordinator: Nancy Scheeler
Last winter, Reston Book Club members discussed the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This one-session class, grounded in the initial book club discussion, centers on three interrelated perspectives on the novel—fiction, magical realism, and immigration. We will discuss each element separately and how each builds on the other to create this insightful exposition of man’s inhumanity to man juxtaposed with man’s universal and overwhelming desire for freedom. There will be printed excerpts of salient portions of the novel available.
Linda Blair, a retired Fairfax County high school English teacher, English department chair, and International Baccalaureate Diploma program coordinator, earned BA and MA degrees at George Mason University and a PhD in American literature at The George Washington University.