0148. AMERICAN REBELS: TRAILBLAZERS, TOUGH GUYS, AND REVOLUTIONARIES
10:00 - 12:00 am Thursdays, September 2 - October 14*
AMERICAN REBELS: TRAILBLAZERS, TOUGH GUYS, AND REVOLUTIONARIES
This class examines some of the ways American rebels in literature and film have challenged social, economic, and political power structures in the United States. From the emergence of the New Woman at the turn of the century to the countercultural movement of the 1950s, these rebels rejected various forms of oppression, and they used resistance as a powerful tool for changing American culture in the twentieth century. We will read short novels by Kate Chopin and Truman Capote as well as Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl. We will discuss the historical and artistic context for each work. And we will examine clips from the iconic films Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean and Cool Hand Luke with Robert Redford.
Chopin The Awakening (Third Norton Critical Edition, ed. Margo Culley)
About The Lecturer
Thomas Fahy is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and professor of literature and creative writing. He has been widely acclaimed and received awards for his numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, as well as his scholarly research. He has also published essays on everything from Paris Hilton and 1980s vampire films to the television series Stranger Things. His works have been translated into several languages, and he has been interviewed by Salon and other publications, as well as radio hosts in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and Malaysia. He was recently a guest on the BBC radio program “Literary Pursuits” about Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. He has also appeared in several episodes of the Spanish television series Creadores Prodigiosos. When he is not writing, Dr. Fahy performs regularly as a classical pianist and has appeared in recent concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and other venues in New York City. He is also a fascinating and dynamic teacher who is able to bring his wide interdisciplinary knowledge to whatever the subject.