The Chicago Neighborhood as Character: Three Perspectives from Women Writers | Newberry

The Chicago Neighborhood as Character: Three Perspectives from Women Writers

Led by Brian Lynch
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Four sessions. Tuesdays, October 5-October 26.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

In this discussion-based seminar, we will explore the role of distinct Chicago neighborhoods in contemporary American fiction, asking whether 1940s Bronzeville, 1980s Pilsen, and 1980s Boys’ Town provide more than literary stages for narratives and act as key players in their own right. We will explore this process through Gwendolyn Brooks’s A Street in Bronzeville, Sandra Cisneros’s House on Mango Street, and Rebecca Makkai’s Great Believers.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

Brian Lynch holds an MA in English literature from Northwestern University and a BA in comparative literature from Brown University. He is currently active as an independent scholar.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.