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Far From the Madding Crowd, Revisited 
Day/Time  Wednesday 3:00-4:20 
Location C-115
Session First 6 weeks 2/1-3/8
Class Limit 25

We will be revisiting one of Thomas Hardy's literary classics, Far From the Madding Crowd,from a feminist perspective, answering the question: Why did Hardy allow a second chance and happy ending for heroine Bathsheba Everdene, when his other famous heroines were doomed to a dismal fate? In addition to reading (or re-reading) the novel, we will view both the classic film from the 60's staring Julie Christie and Alan Bates, and scenes from the latest contemporary PBS Masterpiece Theatre production. Please read the first ten chapters for the first class.

Coordinator  Pat Stover 


Pat Stover, a feminist activist on the Cape in the 70's, has been enjoying offering courses for A.L.L. from a feminist perspective, ranging from a history of the Women's Movement and the women of the Mad Men TV series, to revisiting literary classics Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.




Great Books 
Day/Time Wednesday 10:30-11:50 
Session12 weeks 2/1-4/26
Class Limit25

“Great Books”! Have you heard the term and wondered what it means? Learn how the shared inquiry discussion method is used as we read, question and discuss selections from some of the best literary works. This year, 2016-2017, we will be using the Great Books Series called Great Conversations, which focuses on various themes and uses selections from classic and contemporary works in various genres and disciplines. Class members will be encouraged to contribute to discussions and sometimes volunteer to facilitate discussions, when and if they are comfortable.

Coordinator Mary Joyce and Mary Beth Ellis 


Mary and Beth are professional teachers, constant learners, and avid readers who encourage others to share ideas and insights in lively discussions of the readings.




Loving the Short Story 
Day/Time  Thursday 1:30-2:50 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 2/2-4/27
Class Limit 25

The students will discuss two stories at each session, sharing ideas and perceptions to enhance the understanding of the writings. The text for this course will be O. Henry Prize Stories, 2016 edited by Laura Furman. The assignment for the first class: Please read the Introduction; “Irises” by Elizabeth Genovise; and “The Mongerji Letters” by Geetha Iyer.

Coordinator  Sheryl Lajoie and Elizabeth Moylan 


Sheryl has led this class for many years and thoroughly enjoys reading, analyzing the stories and gaining amazing insights from class participants. Betty shares the love of the class and is a valuable asset to the short story discussions.




Sophocles’ Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus 
Day/Time Thursday 9:00-10:20 
SessionFirst 6 weeks 2/1-3/9
Class Limit25

Sophocles wrote some of the most powerful dramas ever created. These three plays, written between 441 and 401 B.C.E., ask age-old questions about human life. Do our actions represent Treachery or Devotion, Chance or Choice, Guilt or Innocence? We’ll look at how Sophocles answered these questions over the course of his lifetime and what impact the changing political status of Athens had on his answers. Please bring a copy of Antigone (any translation) to the first class.

Coordinator Nancy Yee 


Nancy is a former English department chairperson and Professor Emerita at Fitchburg State University. She was first struck by the power and beauty of Greek drama when teaching it to college freshmen more than fifty years ago.




Women in Literature 
Day/Time  Wednesday 1:30-2:50 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 2/1-4/26
Class Limit 25

This is a reading and discussion course examining the roles, nature, and relationships of women through fiction, poetry, drama, and essays. We will continue to study the autobiographical writings of 20th-century women writers and their "connectedness of self and story" - their own lived experience and the narratives they created from such experience. The text is Writing Women's Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by Twentieth-Century American Women Writers(edited by Susan Cahill). Read the Introduction and bring the text to the first class. The authors and readings will be different from those covered in the Fall 2016 class.

Coordinator  Elaine Horne 


Elaine is a retired Professor of English and English Department Chair at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, where she taught full time for 19 years. Prior to that, she was an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University and Greater Hartford Community College.