Marianas Reading Rooms


Reader-Centered Literary Experience: Read. Think. Talk. Share.










Marianas Reading Rooms


Reader-Centered Literary Experience: Read. Think. Talk. Share.


Marianas Reading Rooms

Salford Community Libraries – Worsley

(HOME)

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£20 per series. Books, handouts and refreshments included.

Contact Chris Carson tel 0161 211 7132  / chris.carson@scll.co.uk

Previosuly…


Worsley XIV

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  Previously…
Series X.  Part IV: Shattering of Certainties, of Meaning and of the Self
The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories: from Washington Irving to Lydia Davis (Ed. by Kasia Boddy)
March 2nd 
Disillusionment, Powerlessness & Broken Relationships in Post-War America II
John Updike, ‘Sunday Teasing’ (1956),
Grace Paley, ‘Wants’ (1971)
&
Lorrie Moore, ‘Starving Again’ (1990)
 March 16th   
Picking up the Pieces: Space, Identity, Creativity and The Absurd
Donald Barthelme, ‘I Bought a Little City’ (1974)
&
Raymond Carver, ‘Collectors’ (1975)
March 30th    
The American Dream:Immigration Then and Now
Bernard Malamud, ‘The First Seven Years’ (1950)
 &
Jhumpa Lahiri, ‘The Third and Final Continent’ (1990)
Series IX.  Part III: The Turbulent Twentieth Century

The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories: from Washington Irving to Lydia Davis (Ed. by Kasia Boddy)

12  January Grotesque and Simulacrum: History, Loss of Innocence and Southern Heritage Flannery O’Connor,‘A Late Encounter with the Enemy’ (1953) & Alice Walker, ‘The Flowers’ (1973)
26  January Squandered Riches: From The Jazz Age into the Great Depression and Beyond F. Scott Fitzgerald,‘Babylon Revisited’ (1931) &  ‘The Lost Decade’ (1939)
9 February Disillusionment, Powerlessness & Broken Relationships in Post-War America I John Cheever, ‘Reunion’ (1962), Richard Ford, ‘Communist’ (1985) & Allen Ginsberg, ‘America’ (poem, 1956)

Series VIII

The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories: from Washington Irving to Lydia Davis (Ed. by Kasia Boddy)

Part II: Into The Twentieth Century.

November 3rd Incipient Modernism: Questioning 19th-Century Values

Stephen Crane, ‘An Episode of War’ (1899) & O. Henry, ‘Hearts and Hands’ (1903)

November 17th Developing Modernism: Language, Spaces and Relationships

Henry James, ‘The Real Right Thing’ (1899) & Ernest Hemingway, ‘Out of Season’ (1923)

December 1st The Roaring Twenties: Society, Love & Desire

Edith Wharton, ‘Atrophy’ (1927) & Dorothy Parker, ‘New York to Detroit’ (1928)

December 15th The Great Depression: Conflicts in the Deep South

Eudora Welty, ‘The Whistle’ (1938) & William Faulkner, ‘Barn Burning’ (1939)


Series VII

The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories:  from Washington Irving to Lydia Davis (Ed. by Kasia Boddy)

Part I: The Nineteenth Century and the Quest for an American Identity.

September 8th Journeying, Belonging and Finding Cultural Values

Washington Irving, ‘The Little Man in Black’ & Nathaniel Hawthorne, ‘Young Goodman Brown’

September 22nd Telling Tales, Constructing Truths

Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ & Mark Twain, ‘Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog’

October 6th Plantation Life and the Origins of the African-American Experience

Joel Chandler Harris, ‘The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story’ & Charles W. Chesnutt, ‘The Wife of His Youth’

October 20th In Search of a Female American Identity

Mary Wilkins Freeman, ‘Two Friends’ & Fanny Fern, ‘Aunt Hetty on Matrimony’ 

Series VI

July 21st    An Introduction to Flash Fiction:John Edgar Wideman, ‘Stories’, Ismail Kadaré, ‘Before the Bath’ , G.A. Ingersoll, ‘Test’ in Flash Fiction Forward, ed. by J. Thomas & R. Shapard

July 28th  Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary

August 4th  First Impressions, On-the-Spot Reactions: a choice of stories from Flash Fiction Forward to be read aloud and shared spontaneously with the group on the day. (There is no obligation to read aloud)

 Series V. Exploring Difference and Otherness in A World of Difference. An Anthology of Short Stories from Five Continents, ed. Lynda Prescott

June 9th Cultural Tourism at home and abroad

Bernard Malamud, ‘The Last Mohican’ & Romesh Gunesekera, ‘Storm Petrel’ 

June 23rd Culture as Commodity and Perceptions of Displacement

Peter Carey, ‘American Dreams’ & Nadine Gordimer, ‘The Ultimate Safari’

July 7th Family and Community: Exile and Identity

Ana Menéndez, ‘In Cuba I was a German Shepherd’ & Amy Tan, ‘The Joy Luck Club’

 Series IV Exploring Difference and Otherness in A World of Difference. An Anthology of Short Stories from Five Continents, ed. Lynda Prescott

April 28th So Near and Yet So Far: How Other is the Local Other?

Alan Sillitoe, ‘Pit Strike’

William Trevor, ‘The Distant Past’

May 12th Moving Beyond the Stereotype

Roxana Robinson, ‘Mr Sumarsono’

V.S. Naipul, ‘One out of Many’

May 19thCommunicating across Culture Clash and Conflict

Lorna Goodison, ‘Bella Makes Life’

Zadie Smith, ‘Martha, Martha’

Series III

Within and Beyond the Limit: Relationships in Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness (2009)

February 24th Childhood: Memory, Disability and Manipulation

‘Child’s Play’ 

 ‘Some Women’

March 10th Family: Psychological Abuse, Murder and Mortality

‘Free Radicals’

‘Dimensions’

March 24th Marriage: Things Left Unsaid, Obsession and Loss

‘Deep Holes’

‘Wood’

Series II

The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (ed. by Malcolm Bradbury) and Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

January 13th Writing, Love, Image and Identity

Angela Carter, ‘Flesh and the Mirror’

Alice Munro, ‘Too Much Happiness’

January 27th The Generations Game

Beryl Bainbridge, ‘Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie’

Kazuo Ishiguro, ‘A Family Supper’

February 10th Relationships and Memory

Alice Munro, ‘Fiction’

Alice Munro, ‘Face’

November 18th Commitment, Relationships, Language and the Gaze of the Other’ 

Graham Greene, ‘The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen’

Doris Lessing, ‘To Room Nineteen’

November 25th ‘”Like the priestess of an oracle without a voice”: Finding a Female Voice’

Emma Tenant, ‘Philomela’

Fay Weldon, ‘Weekend’

 December 2nd ‘Tales of Desire, the City, Life and Death in Wartime London’

Muriel Spark, ‘The House of the Famous Poet’

Elizabeth Bowen, ‘Mysterious Kor’

December 9th ‘Language: Experiments in Meaning and Absurdity’

John Fowles, ‘The Enigma’

Samuel Beckett, ‘Ping’