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Literature and Landscape: Steinbeck's Settlers and McCarthy's Wanderers | Livestream Zoom (Closed)

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Course Description:

In their novels about the West, both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy draw on landscapes to shape meaning and characters’ identities. In one of Steinbeck’s first California novels, "The Pastures of Heaven" (1932), characters in each interconnected short story settle in the West—or try to—and create gardens and farms. Their vision is a pastoral ideal—one that Steinbeck both embraces and deconstructs. Cormac McCarthy’s Southwestern border novels consider different tropes of the West—restlessness, new beginnings, crossing borders. The landscape of Texas and Mexico are stark, raw, often menacing in one of his most popular novels, "All the Pretty Horses" (1992). We'll look to the far horizon as we read and discuss both works in this exploration of literature and landscape.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Nov. 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6 *10:00 am - noon* (4 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Susan Shillinglaw, Ph.D., is Professor of English Emerita, San José State University, and served as Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at SJSU for 18 years.