F402/R413 Summer 2020 Ten Women Writers
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, July 7–July 14
Instructor: Kay Menchel
In this course we will examine 10 female writers who are often neglected in the classroom but who are enormously influential. They range from women writing in the Victorian and Edwardian eras to those redefining narrative possibilities today. We will examine novels and stories from multiple countries and consider how gender figures in these works and colors their reception. Naturally, this raises another set of questions about how the depiction of gender roles has evolved from the 19th century to the present. We will also pay attention to form and stylistic innovations. Finally, we’ll consider how these writers are ultimately in conversation with one another. As always, a cultural and historical context will be given to illuminate this wide and fascinating range of authors. The 10 writers are: Elizabeth Gaskell, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald, Muriel Spark, Nadine Gordimer, Lydia Davis, Louise Erdrich, Mary Carr, Edwidge Danticat, and Nicole Krauss.
Kay Menchel, who grew up in Yorkshire, England, is a lawyer who has an MA in English literature from George Mason University. She has taught numerous literature classes and always enjoys sharing her passion for English literature with OLLI members.