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Romanticism in Short Fiction: Naturally, Worth a Read with April van Buren

Fascinating, strange and sometimes terrifying late 18th (and early 19th) century stories.

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About this class:

This is a 6-week virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Thursdays: Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23 - 6:30-8:30pm CST

Learn about the late 18th (and early 19th) century literary movement through a study of short stories, including bizarre tales like Nathanial Hawthorne's "The Birth-Mark." Despite common misconceptions, romanticism is not the same as romance. You are unlikely to find heaving bosoms here! Instead, we'll find an assortment of fascinating, strange and sometimes terrifying stories which often include an emphasis on individualization and emotion, and an idealization of nature in opposition to science and industrialization.

Instructor bio:

April van Buren is a digital media teacher in Madison, WI. She began her teaching career 20 years ago, teaching literature and journalism at a suburban high school in St. Louis county, Missouri. She was also an adjunct journalism professor at the University of New Mexico, a district librarian, hotel concierge, and the 2012 NM adviser of the year. Although she's smart enough to hold teaching licenses in English, Journalism, Business Ed. and k-12 Library Sciences, she's not smart enough to stay away from hobbies that involve getting hit on skates (roller derby and women's ice hockey).

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