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[Past Event] Theodore Dreiser and Willa Cather Explore Early Twentieth Century America(Waitlist)

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Course Description:

The early 20th century saw tremendous shifts in American life: agriculture to industry, small-town to urban living, development of consumer mentality, women entering the labor force, and changing sexual mores. In this course, we’ll examine two novels from this time period, Dreiser’s "Sister Carrie"(1900) and Cather’s "My Antonia" (1918), which chronicled these shifts in powerful ways. Through the lenses of two prominent writers, we’ll come to understand a country in the midst of transformation.

The books will be read in the order below. ISBN #'s are referenced for those who prefer to read the same version as Dr. Curry. Any version of the books will do.

1. Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser (0-451-52273-7)

2. My Antonia, Willa Cather (0-395-75514-x)

Please come prepared having read the first part of Sister Carrie.


Tuition: $60.00

Additional Fees: $0.00






Fridays, Aug. 24, 31; Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 *10:00am - noon* (6 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Renée R. Curry, PhD is a full professor in the School of Humanities and Communication at Cal State Monterey Bay and the former dean of the
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.