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Tough Women in Hard Times: An Online Reading Group led by Anne E. Fernald


4 sessions

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6/8, 7/6, 8/3, 8/31 Mondays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST June 8 to August 31, 2020

6-7:30pm ET / 3-4:30pm PT

In this reading group, we read four early 20th century novels, written by women with strong female characters. Each novel features a woman grappling with how to navigate her own power and the limitations imposed upon her by the world. We will read Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark (1915), which explores the sacrifices one makes to succeed; Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Comedy: American Style (1933) about a black woman who chooses passing for white over her own family; Winifred Holtby’s South Riding (1936) about a radical schoolteacher in a small Yorkshire village, and finally, Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Corner That Held Them (1948), a historical novel about a small community of nuns during the Black Death in England.

Participants should read Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark in advance of the first meeting.

This reading group will be held online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.


Led by

  • AnneFernald

    Anne E. Fernald

    Anne E. Fernald

    Anne E. Fernald is the editor of the Cambridge University Press Mrs. Dalloway (2014) and author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (2006) as well as articles and reviews on Woolf and feminist modernism. An editor of The Norton Reader, a widely used anthology of essays, she teaches English and Women’s Studies at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. She occasionally updates her blog, Fernham, and can be found on twitter @fernham.