What does literature reveal about aging? We will read Philip Roth’s memoir Patrimony, Kent Haruf’s novel Souls at Night, a contemporary anthology of essays Aging: An Apprenticeship, Chekhov’s A Boring Story, Cicero’s essay Old Age, and selected poetry to explore the significance of this stage of life. Through examination and discussion of these works we can deepen our understanding of our own experiences. MSC. Limit 21.
Required Book(s): Aging: An Apprenticeship. Ed. Nan Narboe, ISBN 978-0-692-75399-6; Patrimony. Philip Roth, ISBN 0-671-75862-4; Our Souls at Night ISBN# 978-1-101-91192-1
Ann Kimmage taught literature, composition, and Russian at SUNY Plattsburgh. She is the author of a memoir, An Un-American Childhood.