The English Book Club
Autumn 2020 – meeting dates and books to read and discuss:
19.8. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
16.9. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
21.10. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
18.11. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
16.12. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
This semester, The English Book Club mainly focuses on classics available in the public domain. We begin with Elizabeth Gaskell’s industrialized England in North and South (1855), and continue to the American South with Kate Chopin’s emancipatory The Awakening (1899). Then, Virginia Woolf embarks us from London to a ship sailing to South America in The Voyage Out (1915), while E. M. Forster brings us near to the end of British rule in India in A Passage to India (1924). Finally, we visit pre-colonial Nigeria in Chinua Achebe’s modern classic Things Fall Apart (1958). To some extent, these novels are characterized by travel, perhaps a topical theme in our paralyzed world.