Mind Your Manners: Fashion, Faux Pas, and Fiction, 1880-1920

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, February 25 – April 15

5:45 – 7:45 pm

This class is full and registration has closed.
Led by Debra Mancoff

When dress and decorum could make or break a man or woman, manners and style mattered. We will explore the social and fashion codes in Great Britain and the United States from 1880 to 1920. Our texts include Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier, and E. M. Forster’s Howards End. One thing is certain: when tradition meets social mobility mistakes will be made.

Debra Mancoff, author of Fashion in Impressionist Paris and Fashion Muse, writes on the connections of art, fashion, and culture.

Materials List
Required:

  • E.M. Forster, Howards End
  • Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier
  • Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
  • Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
  • There are several editions of all of these books. For the purpose of this seminar, any will do fine.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $220.
This class is full and online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to be placed on the waiting list.