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School Days with Anne Fernald

4 Monthly Sessions Mondays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST January 9 to April 17, 2023

The Center for Fiction

The ‘With Books’ option includes all titles required for this group at a 10% discount from our Bookstore.


Meeting Dates:
1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/17
In Person at The Center for Fiction

In this reading group, we’ll read four 20th century novels about school, from James Joyce, Muriel Spark, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Louis Begley. Central to each of these stories is how school shapes us: each novel features a strong protagonist, profoundly shaped by the institution of school. From grammar school to university, with bad teachers in all varieties, these novels explore the hunger for learning and the sinking feeling that school isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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  • AnneFernald

    Anne Fernald

    Anne Fernald

    Anne Fernald is Professor of English and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Fordham University. A Woolf scholar, she is the editor of the Norton Critical edition of Mrs. Dalloway and The Oxford Handbook of Virginia Woolf. She is at work on a collective biography of modernist women writers.