Include some special authors in your summer reading! Our summer book group, led by Rose Kohut, will discuss four masterpieces of fiction, beginning on May 7 with a collection of Barbara Pym’s works: Excellent Women/Jane and Prudence/An Unsuitable Attachment. These novels capture the charm and folly of English middle-class life. On June 4, we’ll follow an 11-year-old asthmatic boy who, with his sister and father, sets out on a cross-country search for his outlaw elder brother in Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River. The scene will shift on July 9 to the Japanese invasion of China in Gail Tsukiyama’s The Samurai’s Garden, which concerns a Chinese painter who is sent to a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with TB.
Finally, on August 6, we will focus on Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice and Other Stories, reading his complex accounts of passion, righteousness and neurosis. All books are available inexpensively from Alibris.
Wednesdays: May 7, June 4, July 9 & August 6 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
This class will explore the myth and power of the outlaw Robin Hood by reading some of the classic Robin Hood tales and watching modern film adaptations of the legend. Reading, viewing, and discussing the legend of Robin Hood, we’ll examine: Who was Robin Hood and what did he represent during his time? Why do we celebrate today this hero who led a life of crime? How is he depicted by Hollywood throughout time (including Errol Flynn, Disney, and Kevin Costner)? What do these popular depictions reveal about our own society? This will be a fun course for history-buffs, classic-film lovers, and general readers of fantasy and fiction! It will be led by SVSU English professor Nicola Imbracsio. Please purchase and read The Adventures of Robin Hood (Puffin Classics) by Roger Lancelyn Green prior to the first class.