Beowulf: A Second Look at an Old English Saga (251)
Beowulf is the anchor for any serious study of Anglo-Saxon poetry. Composed around the 8th century, it survives in only one manuscript which was copied in West Saxon dialect around the 10th century. The 3,000+ line poem describes the battles of Beowulf, a Geatish hero against three powerful adversaries: the humanoid Grendel, his mother, and a dragon. Though pagan, a strong thread of Christianity runs through the poem to shade its compelling narrative. We will read Beowulf in modern English translation. However, a brief introduction to Old English language will be included. The course text, which should be purchased in advance of the first class meeting, is the 2000 translation of Beowulf by Seasmus Henry. The class will be led by SVSU English professor, Basil Clark.
Tuesdays: March 11, 18, 25 & April 1 * 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Delve into a study of Paul Bowles, a fascinating man who wrote four remarkable novels and dozens of cryptic short stories. A former New Yorker, Bowles lived for many decades in Morocco. We will focus on his landmark novel, The Sheltering Sky (read chapters 1 - 9 for the first session) and a number of his short stories. OLLI member Rose Kohut will lead the way.
Canadian short story writer Alice Munro recently won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. We’ll focus on her most recent collection, Dear Life. Munro is drawn to “the complexity of things–the things within things.” Often exploring the passions and missed opportunities of girls and women, her stories have been hailed for their psychological acuity, quiet depth, and acceptance of frailty. We’ll experiment with different techniques of responding to literature as we discuss selected stories. Please bring a copy of Dear Life to class and read the first two stories before the first session. The class will be led by Kay Harley, retired SVSU Professor of English.
Thursdays: February 27, March 6 & 13 * 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C129
We live and experience the world through our own eyes, heart, and mind. No two chapters are the same. Whether it’s one small episode, or a lifetime of memories, personal writing is a great way to recall, reflect, and share. This five-week class will concentrate on developing ideas and writing in ways to engage both writer and reader. Writing prompts will be used, which will make the process fun and stress-free. Those who took this class in the fall are welcome to join us again and new participants are also welcome. The class will be led by Ron Brown, a Delta and SVSU composition instructor.