Reading Henry James with Jim Kraft: Part II

  • Saturday, March 06, 2021
  • Saturday, July 10, 2021
  • 5 sessions
  • Saturday, March 06, 2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EST)
  • Saturday, April 03, 2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Saturday, May 01, 2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Saturday, June 05, 2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Saturday, July 10, 2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Online via Zoom

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Reading Henry James
with Jim Kraft: Part II

Saturdays, March 6, 2021- July 10, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 

Online via Zoom: registration required
$50 for OLLI at BCC members; $65 for non-members

Click here to register or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.

Longtime OLLI instructor James Kraft will lead the next installment of his monthly course entitled "Reading Henry James," starting on Saturday, March 6 at 3pm, and continuing monthly on Saturdays at 3pm through July 7th for five sessions.

Considered one of the greatest writers in English, Henry James is known for his psychological insight into his characters, and for his provocative prose.  The prose is considered to have three phases: early narratives that are accessible portraits of his time; more challenging narratives and prose called the middle periods; the late and complex style that embodies his most challenging perceptions.  The discussion will examine the three phases in the reading of James's major novels and tales.

Reading Schedule:

  • Saturday 3/6/21: "The Figure in the Carpet" (1896), "Brooksmith" (1898) and "The Beast in the Jungle" (1903)

  • Saturday 4/3/21: The Ambassadors (1903)

  • Saturday 5/1/21: The Wings of the Dove (1902)

  • Saturday 6/5/21: The Golden Bowl (1904)

  • Saturday 7/10/21: Review and wrap-up

Please read again any work that you have already read.  A second reading of James is a different and exciting experience. Henry James is not a quick read; we recommend starting the readings well in advance of the discussion session.

Reading Henry James is led by longtime OLLI literature instructor James Kraft, who attended Princeton, King’s College, Cambridge University, and Fordham.  He has a doctorate in literature and has taught at the University of Virginia, Université Laval in Quebec City, and Wesleyan in Connecticut.  He was assistant director of the Whitney Museum for eight years, and now teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College and at the New York Society Library in New York City.

Click here to register or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.


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