John Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga: Men and Women in the Edwardian Age
John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga was significantly responsible for his Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932, awarded for what the Swedish Academy termed his “distinguished art of narration.” But in addition to experimenting with nearly every modern technique, Galsworthy also represented an Edwardian era that only now is beginning to enjoy deserved appreciation. In telling the story of the bourgeois Forsytes and their slow exposure to the modern world, the author depicts a gallery of fascinating Edwardian characters, from the cruel to the compassionate, the stiff-upper-lip to the contemplative and questioning. The role of women and their emergence into full citizenship are a major theme, counterpointing the despicable Soames Forsyte, the “man of property” who is the epitome of malevolent, patriarchal self-centeredness, while at the same time the novel’s irresistible center. In this course, we will read the entire saga, comprising three books, The Man of Property, In Chancery, and To Let, and two short interludes.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of Galsworthy’s literary legacy and role in modernizing literature
- Knowledge of Edwardian England and the emergence of modern England
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between