Toni Morrison’s historical and political situation does not immediately bring to mind Virginia Woolf’s, but Woolf was a great influence on Morrison, who wrote her master’s thesis on Woolf and William Faulkner. The two women are interested in women’s lives – both in states of “ordinary” consciousness that are actually extraordinary and in the extremes of isolation or difference that constitute madness. Morrison has said that, whatever else her sentences are doing, they all have to be beautiful, as Woolf’s are.
Terrence Doody, the lecturer for this course, is a professor of English at Rice University. The books to be read and discussed are as follows:
September 17, Woolf, The Voyage Out;
October 1, Morrison, The Bluest Eye;
October 15, Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway;
October 29, Morrison, Sula;
November 12, Woolf, To the Lighthouse;
November 19, Morrison, Beloved.
Please note that there is one week between the last two classes. Subscribers may bring lunch to eat during class.
Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card.
If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.
If you are interested in traveling to 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 on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.
AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A FALL POP-UP COURSE!
Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced
For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at registrar.houstonseminar.org or phone 713.666.9000.