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Reading Faulkner and O'Connor | Livestream Zoom

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"The past is never dead," wrote William Faulkner, "it's not even past." Faulkner's great experiments in prose were grounded in that aching sensibility. Flannery O'Connor–caught, she said, like all other Southern writers in Faulkner's long shadow–wrote of another South, where sacred and profane rub uneasily together, boundaries never certain. We will examine Faulkner's most sustained effort to confront the issue of race in the South, "Go Down Moses (Vintage), as well as selected short stories by O'Connor from "A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories," (introduction by Lauren Groff–a great writer–Mariner Books). Lectures and discussions will explore modernism, regionalism, race, class, gender, and environment.


Tuition: $55.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16 *10:00 – noon* (5 sessions)


First Four sessions 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.

The November 16 session will be held live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. To keep everyone safe, seats are limited.


Susan Shillinglaw, Ph.D., is Professor of English, Emeritus at San José State University and the former director of the National Steinbeck Center.