Is Happiness Literary?
That’s the topic for my last lecture in my Brit Lit course, which I worked on over the weekend, and I’ll present today. We’ve got ten authors with dark themes to sum up–Conrad, Achebe, Woolf, Pinter, Yeats, Owen, Eliot. I am determined to find the crack in these works that lets the light in. Yes, I found a way to reference Leonard Cohen😉
Coincidentally, over the weekend I read Sue Miller’s new novel The Lake Shore Limited. I wasn’t sure I’d find the courage, as it has a 9/11 theme and I’ve read so many of those this year. (James Hynes’s Next almost did me in. And I adore James Hynes.) So happy I read Miller. She’s been a favorite for a very long time, and did not disappoint. It’s a great writer’s book–as one of the characters is a playwright and she talks about her process. Nobody would read this book and call it cheerful. But in the end, there is the crack, and that’s how the light gets in.