Housekeeping: A Book of Ruth for 1950s America

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This lecture on Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping was recorded in October 2020. The lecture was designed for students and faculty in the Freshman Studies program. This program, a multidisciplinary introduction to liberal learning, has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum since 1945.

The lecturer, Catherine Gunther Kodat, is Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English. A scholar of 20th century U.S. literature and culture, she has written about the authors William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Jean Toomer, and Zora Neale Hurston, and published a monograph on the political uses of culture during the Cold War. She began teaching Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping during the 1990s while an Assistant Professor of English at Hamilton College.

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FRST Housekeeping Lecture 2020