20th Century American Literature
in 5 Short Stories Led by Scholar Mark Scarbrough

Gunn Memorial Library is pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a five-week session exploring the History of 20th Century American Literature in 5 Short Stories.

Join us as we discuss some of the dominant literary trends that have shaped last century’s literature in the United States like the rise and failure of modernism, the emergence of once-forgotten voices, and the baffling notion of post-modernism. In this lecture/discussions series, Mark will lead participants through five stories from the twentieth century, ranging from Willa Cather to Lorrie Moore, Zora Neale Hurston to William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. Time will be spent with multi-media presentations of music, painting, and dance, based on these five representative selections.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic and did his doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin Madison before accepting a job at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He has given papers on Chaucer at the International Medieval Conference and on American literature at the MLA and regional MLA conferences. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View and selected as The Most Influential People of Litchfield County. Mark is enmeshed in literature and has been a popular book group and literary discussion leader across Southern New England. For more information on Mark visit bruceandmark.com

Mondays, 10am
April 2, 2018    Willa Cather, “Paul’s Case” (1905)
April 9, 2018     Zora Neale Hurston, “Sweat” (1926)
April 16, 2018     William Faulkner, “That Evening Sun” (1931)
April 23, 2018     Flannery O’Connor, “Good Country People” (1955)
April 30, 2018      Lorrie Moore, “People Like That Are
The Only People Here: Canonical Babbling In Peed Onk” (1997)

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Suggested fee for the booklet is $10

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