Course DescriptionJoin as we read five novels of young people growing up in America, three of them modern classics set in the promise and challenges of the early twentieth century, a fourth set in the prosperous nineties, a fifth in the tumultuous present day. We begin with the beloved, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith’s autobiographical tale of a daughter of Irish and Austrian immigrants. We follow with another classic of the twentieth century, Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, a young newspaperman’s stark and humanizing journey to maturity. We follow with The Long Take, award-winning poet Robin Robertson’s noirish epic of a WWII veteran making his way to Hollywood. From there we travel to prosperous Long Island with Colson Whitehead’s autobiographical Sag Harbor, and then on to another semi-autobiographical tale set in present day Hartford, Connecticut, with Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We are Briefly Gorgeous.
Section I: 5 Tuesdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 18, Mar. 10, 31 and Apr. 21, 2020 from 10:0 AM to 12:00 PM
Section II: 5 Tuesdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 18, Mar. 10, 31 and Apr. 21, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Both sections take place at the Temple University Ambler campus.