Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady *NEW*

Written in an era of new American curiosity to travel in Europe after the Civil War, James’s early masterpiece uncovers in the international encounter subtle cultural, psychological, and moral complexities. We will begin with the reverse situation in James’s early comic novel, The Europeans, in which a respectable New England family gets shaken up by the arrival of relatives with foreign manners and ambiguous motives. Reading: The Europeans, Penguin Classics, The Portrait of a Lady, Penguin Classics.  Instructor: Margery M. Sabin



Start Date

September 18, 2019









8 Wednesdays, 10:30am-12pm. Begins Sep. 18

Instructors: Margery Sabin


Margery Sabin

Margery Sabin has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard and has had a long career as Professor of English at Wellesley College, where she has taught a large variety of courses, including Introduction to reading lyric poetry to advanced courses in the Victorian novel and the 20th c. Novel, plus interdisciplinary courses in postcolonial literature, specifically involving writings from modern South Asia (India and Pakistan) and modern Ireland. She also has enjoyed teaching for many summers in the MA program at the Bread Loaf School of English, where she has come to appreciate the adult students (mainly high school teachers). She is the author of 3 books and many articles on the above subjects.