Please Note: This program has a rescheduled date (originally February 15, 2024).
Few books have had as much impact on American culture as Harper Lee’s legendary To Kill a Mockingbird from 1960, which has sold some 40 million copies and is often mentioned as a candidate for the Great American Novel. Joseph Luzzi, professor of literature at Bard College, considers Lee’s novel in depth, addressing such issues as the book’s relationship to earlier literary traditions, representation of life in the South, and treatment of racism and its pernicious effects. He also explores how To Kill a Mockingbird creates some of the most memorable characters in American literature while providing a brilliant example of how a literary text can probe complex issues related to society and justice.
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