In literature, as in life, strong women often are misunderstood and maligned when they challenge societal expectations and assert themselves. By watching film clips and reading two short stories, two plays, and two novels, we will consider such women. Our encounter with memorably bold literary ladies like Jean Brody, Scarlet O’Hara, Hedda Gabler, Sula Peace, and Serena Pemberton ideally will generate discussions as spirited as the characters themselves. Among the questions we will raise: --What happens when female characters break cultural and gender barriers? --What traits do these characters share? --Why are some behaviors and attitudes applauded in male characters but vilified in their female counterparts? --How are the characters representative of the times in which they were created? To learn more about the course, go to http://olli-strongliteraryladies.weebly.com/
For our first class, please read William Faulkner's story “A Rose for Emily" at http://xroads.virginia.edu/~DRBR/wf_rose.html
. Facilitated Discussion. Viewing Videos.