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American Novels of the ’20s

Session 4 of 4-Session Evening Course

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Monday, December 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Code: 1H0270D

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If you love discovering (or re-discovering) a book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing some iconic works of 1920s American literature. The postwar period was one of the most creative in the nation’s history, and nothing captured its excitement and diversity more than the works of groundbreaking writers like Ernest Hemingway and Willa Cather.

Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University, in spirited lectures and informal discussions that focus on a quartet of significant novels that examine the social and cultural upheavals of life during the Jazz Age. Participants should read the first book prior to class. Sherry and cookies are available for refreshment.


Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun (1929)

Fauset’s protagonist, a light-skinned African American woman, tries to pass as white in order to feel fulfilled, but finds it might not be the answer to her hopes.

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1920s: Daring To Be Modern


S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)