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Women of Steinbeck's World (Closed)

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Course Description:

Late in "The Grapes of Wrath," Ma Joad exclaims: “Man, he lives in jerks — baby born an’ a man dies, an’ that’s a jerk — gets a farm an’ loses his farm, an’ that’s a jerk. Woman, it’s all one flow, like a stream, little eddies, little waterfalls, but the river, it goes right on. Woman looks at it like that.”

We’ll consider that position by looking at art, literature, and documentary film clips about women in Steinbeck’s world: those he created, those he knew, and historical women of the period. A course reader will be provided and will include selected readings from Steinbeck short stories (“Fingers of Cloud,” “The Chrysanthemums,” “The White Quail”) as well as content from notable female authors, artists and activists including Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothea Lange, Tillie Olsen, Hanna Rosin and Rachel Carson.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

Registration Closed


Wednesdays, Apr. 18, 25; May 2, 9 *10:00am – noon* (4 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Susan Shillinglaw, PhD recently retired as Professor of English at San Jose State University and is the Director of the National Steinbeck Center. She has published extensively on John Steinbeck and her most recent work, "Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage," is available from the University of Nevada Press.