E.M. Forster: Love, Property, and Propriety | Newberry

E.M. Forster: Love, Property, and Propriety

Led by Natania Rosenfeld. Eight sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Thursdays, June 13 - August 8 (class will not meet on July 4)

2  - 4 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $280
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $308

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

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

Seminar Description

While his writing may sometimes have seemed decorously old-fashioned, E.M. Forster (1901-1970) led readers to consider fraught, modern questions as well—about gender, women’s rights, and sexuality in particular. This course will explore his two strongest novels, Howards End and A Passage to India, examining the ways they address themes like wealth disparity, power, abuse of power, and the hypocricies of colonialism. In addition, we will view film versions of each novel and read at least one of Forster’s short stories and a recent biographical novel about him.

Eight sessions. E – $280, L – $308

Natania Rosenfeld has published a poetry collection, Wild Domestic (Sheep Meadow Press 2015), and a critical book, Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf (Princeton 2000). She is Professor Emerita of English at Knox College.

Materials List


  • E.M. Forster, Howards End. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1998. ISBN: 978-0393970111
  • E.M. Forster, A Passage to India. Mariner Books, 1965. ISBN: 978-0156711425
  • Damon Galgut, Arctic Summer. Europa Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-1609452346

First Reading:

  • For the first class please begin reading Howards End and get as far as you can/like.

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