“Prose and Poetry of Cape Cod” with Rhoda Flaxman
Mondays, 1-3 p.m. at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
October 21-November 18
Cape Cod has always inspired writers to examine the human condition and, particularly, relationships between humans and the natural world. But do writings about the Cape constitute a unique tradition? Do writers who live and work among us emphasize recurrent themes, subjects, techniques, and visions? This semester Cape Cod Lit will explore this and other questions via poem, novel and memoir. Together we will read poems by Mary Oliver, Alice Hoffman’s Blackbird Hill, and George Howe Colt’s The Big House. As we read each work we will ask which concepts and questions about Cape writing are unique to our lives here and which are universal. The class will combine mini-lectures with directed discussion for a lively seminar experience appropriate to all ages and backgrounds.
Professor Flaxman retired (2007) from teaching Victorian literature and art history, and directing Brown University ’s writing-across-the curriculum program at Brown University for twenty years. Since then she has established an educational consulting firm (WriteConsulting) , and teaches community seminars in literature in Providence and Wellfleet.
Open University of Wellfleet
The Open University of Wellfleet is a forum for learning. Conceived by retired Brown University professor Rhoda Flaxman, the Open University began in April 2013. Courses are envisioned as directed discussions, otherwise known as collaborative learning. Readings will be assigned, and instructors will offer mini-lectures to spur focused interchanges and facilitate learning. The Fall 2014 classes will be held once a week for two hours from October 20 through November 20 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet Library, or W.H.A.T. Registration is available via web or phone (508) 349-1800. Courses will run with a minimum of ten and a maximum of seventeen participants. Tuition is $50.00 per course.