Course Details

650: A Big Book for a Short Week: James’s Portrait of a Lady

July 15-18, 2019
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

For those who wish to revisit or to take on Henry James for a June read and a July discussion, this week with Henry James’s masterpiece, Portrait of a Lady, will provide an invigorating challenge. Isabel Archer, the young American who is wafted into wealth and worries in England and Europe “affronts” her destiny as only Henry James, who shared his brother William’s new psychological insights, can arrange. The magnificently mistaken young heroine shares the book with a cast of almost Dickensian characters, who will be our friends for the week as we examine the art of James’s novel. Participants should have read most of the novel before the first class and be ready to review it in doses of about 100 pages each day.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Eleanor Heginbotham
Eleanor Elson Heginbotham, author of two books and many articles on Emily Dickinson, professor of American literature in foreign lands, Minnesota, and Washington, has enjoyed the "retirement" possibilities of OLLI classes. She has taught and taken many study groups on many of her favorite authors. She has enjoyed summers at Walden and in Amherst.

Reading List:

The Portrait of a Lady (Henry James (Ed. Michael Gorra)) | 0: | ISBN: ISBN 978-0-39 | Required