Southern Songs of Innocence and Experience: Writers of the American South II | Newberry

Southern Songs of Innocence and Experience: Writers of the American South II

Led by Katrina A. Kemble. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Thursdays, June 13 - July 25 (class will not meet on July 4)

2 - 4 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $230
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $253

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Seminar Description

Many believe that the best writing of the 20th century came out of the American South. This course will take a close look at five prominent writers from the region: Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, Dorothy Allison, and Tennessee Williams. Through readings and discussion, the course will examine race, heritage, folklore, and religion in Southern literature, as well as the ways in which these authors used their writing to express their experiences growing up in the Southern United States. You do not need to have taken the first installment of Writers of the American South to enjoy this class.

Six sessions. E – $230, L – $253

Katrina Kemble is an adjunct professor at both Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University and has a special love for Southern literature and culture.

Materials List


  • Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. ISBN: 978-0060854089
  • Richard Wright, Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2007. ISBN: 978-0061130243
  • Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie. New Directions, 1999. ISBN: 978-0811214049
  • A course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time. **Please note that you can obtain the electronic copy of the course packet for no additional cost.**

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.