Laura Ingalls Wilder: Exploring Her Work & Writing Life – The Early Years

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Starts September 22, 2014

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels have inspired generations of readers of all ages. While they are uniquely American, they seem to cross cultural boundaries, and have been translated into dozens of languages, from German and French to Indonesian and Japanese.

During this eight-week course, you will: 

  • Discuss Wilder’s work as the center of controversy. Who actually wrote the Little House series?  How did Wilder’s personal life influence the direction and content of her fiction?  Are the books a reliable and sensitive representation of the pioneer experience in the American West?
  • Expand your understanding of the literary themes, style, and historical underpinnings of Wilder’s Little House series. 
  • Gain insight into complex issues at the heart of contemporary Wilder scholarship:  the question of authorship; Wilder’s depiction of American Indians and the frontier; the ethical ambiguities underlying autobiographical fiction and memoir.
  • Emerge with a clearer understanding of Wilder’s contribution to American children’s literature.

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