Class Strife: a Multi-Generational Look through Literature Literature Series Presented by Barbara Parr
The struggle of the underclass in our country has transcended generations. The ongoing nature of this strife has placed it in the spotlight, allowing fascinating analysis and discussion to develop. This five-week class will begin with J.D. Vance's new best-selling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. It is a disturbing, vivid and heart-wrenching look at his experiences growing up in a dysfunctional family living in extreme poverty. Vance moved often between Ohio and Kentucky, and his childhood was filled with trauma and tragedy. However, he found a way out and graduated from Yale Law School. To highlight the universal theme of class struggle, we will move back almost a century and focus on the powerful and complex theme of socioeconomics in Fitzgerald's classic, The Great Gatsby. If you’re asking how a novel about the roaring twenties relates to you, consider this: the novel's East Egg and West Egg communities mirror many aspects of Cleveland's east and west side. Both books will allow us to observe, analyze, and discuss class issues that are very close to home during this free, five week course presented by Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. Please read the first six chapters of Hillbilly Elegy for the first class. Registration is required. Register online at www.lifelonglearningcleveland.org or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 127.