Fiction’s Worlds of Disconnection, Connection and Community
Both Barbara Kingsolver in Animal Dreams and James Baldwin in the story Sonny’s Blues piercingly articulate the American chasm between choosing our own way in eschewing the past – amputating the past as Baldwin’s narrator puts it – and the essential longing for community. As Doc Homer puts it in the novel, “I became a man with no history.” These works illuminate our struggle and our triumph. We will spend the first three classes on the novel Animal Dreams.
Paula Friedman taught a diverse range of literature classes at Cardinal Stritch University for more than three decades before retiring in May 2013. Some of her favorite classes included Irish Literature, Nonwestern Literature, Contemporary Literature and Images of Women in ... read more