Literature: Transformations in the American Family

Four Wednesdays, Noon - 1:30 p.m. March 20, April 3, 17 and May 1 | Compass Bank, Second Floor, 2001 Kirby at San Felipe

A gradual redefinition of the traditional concept of "family" has been occurring in America. Its new forms have been well chronicled in film, television, and literature. Marsha Recknagel, who teaches creative writing at Rice University, will explore permutations, transformations, and mutations of the nuclear family as represented in these recent works of fiction and nonfiction: Tony Earley's Jim the Boy, Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and Valerie Streiken's forthcoming Leopard's Hat.



Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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