Winter Classic Series: American Women Reinvent The Marriage Plot

American Women Reinvent The Marriage Plot

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Please join us for our Winter Classic Series, American Women Reinvent The Marriage Plot, with Professor Charles Lynn Batten. This series will discuss the 19th century and early 20th century American writers Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, and Edith Wharton. Each of these classic writers approached the traditional marriage plot with an American twist. They include the homosocial relationships with family and friends but move beyond the wedding, addressing motherhood, dissatisfaction and divorce. .

Each discussion will be 10:30 AM – 12 PM PDT on the following dates on Zoom:

Wednesday, January 12th– Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Wednesday, February 9th – The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Wednesday, March 9th – The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

Book groups are $40 individually or $110 for the full series.


Wednesday, January 12
Wednesday, February 9
Wednesday, March 9

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon PST


$40 for each book group. $110 for the three-book series.

Zoom link will be sent to attendees in registration confirmation email.


Charles Lynn Batten is Emeritus Professor of English at UCLA. He began teaching there in 1969 and officially retired in 2009. The courses he taught ranged from Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Literary Criticism to the Bible as Literature and the Novels of Jane Austen. A recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Lynn loves teaching, books, and travel. Among his achievements, he brags that he has circled the globe entirely on its surface. Among his passions, he confesses that he has a not-so-secret fondness for Elizabeth Bennet.