FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Nell Waldman, Ph.D.


Nell Waldman, Ph.D., has a B.A., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English literature. She was an English professor in Toronto for 26 years, specializing in literature and composition. She is also the coauthor of seven editions of the top anthology used in first-year composition courses in “Canadian Content.” Professor Waldman has taught several well-received courses on short fiction at Lifelong Learning.

Romance, Anyone?
The Brontės: On the Page and At the Movies

The novels of the Brontė sisters have become world classics, strongly influencing the genre known as romance. This course focuses on Charlotte Brontė’s "Jane Eyre," published in 1847, and her sister Emily’s "Wuthering Heights," published the following year. We’ll also look at the life of the Brontė family, including sister Anne’s accomplishment as a novelist and their dissolute brother Branwell. How did the obscure offspring of a clergyman in the Yorkshire moors create the towering novels that have influenced the way that we all look at love and human relationships?

Please note that it will be helpful to read (or re-read) the novels before classes begin. However, people who don’t have the time for 19th century fiction can enjoy this course even if they just watch the movies in class.

Six Lectures
  1. The World of the Brontė Family: Background, biographies, and the Victorian world they inhabited.
  2. Jane Eyre: The irresistible story of a young governess; the haunted, Byronic Mr. Rochester; and the madwoman in the attic.
  3. Jane Eyre: A film version, with discussion.
  4. Wuthering Heights: The intense tale of Heathcliff and Catherine’s love affair on the moors. Is their story a paradigm of tragic romance or multigenerational vengeance?
  5. Wuthering Heights: A film version, with discussion.
  6. What the Brontės Have Given Us: A concluding discussion of the Brontės, their work, and their influence.
Course # W6T4 — Six Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesdays — February 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17
  Time:11:15 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.
  Fee:$51 / member; $76 / non-member