Spring 2022 Courses / Literature

The courses listed below, all in the general area of Literature, are currently offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. Click on a title to view the related course page.

A PASSAGE TO INDIA

Coordinators: Lynnel Garabedian, Sandy Kessler

Continuing our fall course on the fiction of E. M. Forster, the focus during the spring term will be his novel, A Passage to India, considered by many scholars to be Forster’s masterpiece.

COMEDY & SATIRE

Coordinators: Wayne Cotter, Leslie Goldman, Michael Wellner

This course will explore why, when, and how we laugh. It will feature writers, performers, and artists who brought us laughter over the years and explore the extent to which their humor reflected the times in which they lived. We think now more than ever is the time to enjoy a good laugh together.

CONTEMPORARY POETRY

Coordinators: Betty Farber, Martha Drezin, Frieda Lipp

Contemporary poetry enriches the lives of its readers. Participants are invited to email coordinators their favorite poems several days ahead of class, so we can create a packet to distribute.

CONTEMPORARY SHORT STORIES

Coordinators: Nancy Richardson, Mary Buchwald, Frieda Lipp

At each session, one or two class members present background and other information about a story they have selected, followed by a lively class discussion.

CONVERSATIONS EN FRANÇAIS

Coordinators: Ruth Ward, Donna Basile

If you speak some French, join us for conversations on subjects of interest to our participants. The class is conducted in French. Members have the opportunity to present mini-lessons and to lead group discussions on topics of their choice.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Coordinators: Helen Saffran, Donna Ramer, Judy Hampson

Workshop your writing in a warm and supportive setting. We welcome all genres, from prose and poetry to script writing, fiction, even op-eds. Participate in class writing exercises and discuss writing approaches and styles.

FASCINATING NON-FICTION

Coordinators: Harriet Finkelstein, Bob Reiss

At each session the presenter will tell you about a book you always wanted to read or about a book you never heard of but will be glad that you now have.

GREAT CONVERSATIONS

Coordinators: Jane Lubin, Larry Shapiro

Great Conversations offers works by both contemporary and classic authors across many genres and disciplines, ideal for promoting discussion among readers.

LITERARY HEROINES

Coordinators: Bryn Meehan, Sheryl Harawitz, Lois Klein

Why have some female characters stayed with us long after the last page? Do we still admire them? We’ll revisit favorite literary characters from our early reading years, for example, Nancy Drew and Scout Finch.

MYTHOLOGY

Coordinators: Donna Ramer, Mary Ann Donnelly , Sheryl Harawitz

Myths are more than mere stories; they are sacred, timeless tales that guide us to understand how cultural norms and values were established.