Free online course with Pamela Smith Hill

Laura

I just discovered over the weekend that Pamela Smith Hill is offering an online course with canvas.net from June 6- Aug. 29th. While I’m a bit behind in finding out about the class because I’ve done all the required reading previously (the Little House series and Ms. Hill’s Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life, I’ve been able to follow all the lectures with ease.

Check out the description below:

“Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels have inspired generations of readers of all ages. Unlike most fiction for young readers published during the Great Depression, Wilder’s Little House books have never gone out of print. 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.

Yet Wilder’s work is also at 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?

This course is designed to explore these issues and more. It will expand your understanding of the literary themes, style, and historical underpinnings of Wilder’s Little House series. You’ll 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.”

Books covered include (Required Material):

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life, Pamela Smith Hill, South Dakota State Historical Society Press (097779556X)
  • Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Collins (0060581808)
  • Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Collins (0064400034)
  • Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Collins (0064400026)
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Collins (0064400042)
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Collins (0064400050)
  • The Long Winter, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Collins (0644000694)
  • Little Town on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Collins (0064400077)
  • These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Collins (0064400085)
  • The First Four Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harper Collins (006440031X)

https://www.canvas.net/browse/missourisu/courses/laura-ingalls-wilder-1

 

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