The Spring 2011 LT Classics Challenge: The Search for Contemporary Classics
After a long hiatus and some re-tooling, the Literary Transgressions Classics Challenge is back! So welcome all!
For those of you unfamiliar with the LT Classics Challenge, here’s how it works: We read one classic piece of literature every two weeks and join together to discuss the book at the end of the two weeks (Fridays will be Classics Challenge Day for this cycle). Discussion questions to get the mental wheels turning will be posted on Friday of the first week we spend with each book, but discussion is pretty open and all are welcome to bring up just about anything related to the book.
But how is this cycle different, you ask? What is this “re-tooling” you mentioned up top, Corey? Well I’ll tell you! As loyal LT readers may recall, this past summer I was pondering what constitutes a “contemporary classic” and wondering if there are any books published recently that will one day be deemed “classics.” I’m still not sure, but I thought the Classics Challenge would be a great way to go on a literary quest in hopes of discovering some contemporary classics and expand my own reading horizons. Therefore, this cycle of the Classics Challenge alternates between classic-classics and contenders for the title of contemporary classic (marked with an *). We’ll still have discussion about both as usual, but some of the selections are more modern than we’re used to in the Classics Challenge!
So let’s have a look at the book list for the Spring 2011 Classics Challenge:
Weeks of February 11 & 18 – A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Weeks of February 25 & March 4 – The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro *
Weeks of March 11 & 18 – Chéri by Colette
Weeks of March 25 & April 1 – Possession by A.S. Byatt *
Weeks of April 8 & 15 – A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Weeks of April 22 & 29 – My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk *
Weeks of May 6 & 13 – Le Père Goriot by Honore de Balzac
Weeks of May 20 & 27 – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez *
As always, all Classics Challengers are encouraged to participate here on LT or over at their own blog (and remember to use the LT Classics Challenge Badge shown below if you plan on doing so!). All participants will be entered in a drawing to win a loverly Penguin Clothbound Classic (shown above), so it definitely benefits you to jot down some of your thoughts! The winner will be announced at the end of this cycle of the Challenge in June.
So happy reading, Challengers! I can’t wait to discuss these books with you and I hope that the selections are appealing for everyone. See you back here next week for some E.M. Forester!