Join us for our Undergraduate Book Discussions in April. Faculty will lead discussions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. Refreshments will be served. Each discussion is limited to 25 undergraduates.
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Monday, April 6
Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza
Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor
Department of English
Have you spent the last year devouring the Twilight series?
Do you need more vampire fiction in your life while you wait for the next movie to hit the theatres?
Then join Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Department of English, for a discussion of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
In 1887, sitting in a library in London, Bram Stoker created Count Dracula, a villain, who continues to frighten and intrigue us. Drawing on Transylvanian legends, Stoker invented a dangerous, bloody and exciting vampire who combined the intensity of a gothic novel with the terrible reality of the Jack the Ripper murders. From films to novels to computer games, few novels have inspired so many imitators, and few themes have resonated so strongly across generations of readers.
Tuesday, April 21
Dr. Jennifer Wilks
Department of English
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Join Dr. Jennifer Wilks, Assistant Professor, Department of English, for a discussion of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, the second entry in our spring Undergraduate Book Discussion series.
From the publisher:
“Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao tells the story of Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú—the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and ill-starred romance. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim—until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.
With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Díaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious mother Belicia, and in the family’s epic journey from Santo Domingo to New York City’s Washington Heights to New Jersey’s Bergenline and back again. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humor, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and the endless human capacity to persevere—and to risk it all—in the name of love “