150 Years of Reading Great Books
Dr. S. Elaine Craghead, Massachusetts Maritime Academy full professor, will lead a discussion of Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington.
Alice Adams, the novel that won Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921, is a quintessential example of American realism bordering on naturalism. The heroine, Alice, is caught in a class system which she attempts to escape, and her situation can be compared to that of other protagonists of both realist and naturalist fiction focusing on class in the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Lily Bart of Wharton’s House of Mirth, Maggie of Crane’s eponymous novella, Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, and more. This concentrated focus on the social consequences of economics (often tied to gender) in the novels can tell us a good deal about the time and place in which they were written. The discussion will focus on, among other topics: realism, naturalism, class and gender in early 20th-century America.
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