Course Details

968: Lady Chatterley's Lover: Then and Now

February 5-8
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Spend a cold week in February with Lady Chatterley and her hot lover, Mellors, the gardener. Do you remember reading Lady Chatterley's Lover under the covers, with a flashlight? D.H. Lawrence's novel, published privately in Italy in 1928 but banned in Britain and the United States, produced a storm of controversy when Penguin Books brought it out in an accessible paperback edition in 1960. When the publisher was charged with selling pornography, a watershed obscenity trial ensued. In this study group, we will read the book, examine the furor it roused in Britain, and discuss it as a historical artifact and a modern work of literature.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Elsa Newmyer
Elsa Newmyer taught English and related subjects to middle and high school students for close to 30 years. A lifelong reader, she loves nothing more than teaching literature. She spent 20 years at Georgetown Day School, in addition to other independent schools.

Virginia Newmyer
Virginia Newmyer has taught many courses at OLLI, chiefly about British history, illustrated with PowerPoint presentations. She also teaches classes with Susan Willens on the links between literature and history at Politics & Prose and at the Smithsonian.

Reading List:

Lady Chatterley's Lover, D. H. Lawrence. Bantam Classic (reissue), 2007, ISBN: 0553212624.