The Summer/Autumn 2011 LT Classics Challenge
Welcome, old and new Challengers, to the Summer/Autumn 2011 cycle of the Literary Transgressions Classics Challenge!
For those of you unfamiliar with the 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 once again 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, as with our previous cycle, this Challenge has a bit of a theme: classics written by women and, more specifically, Margaret Atwood. For this cycle, we’ve divided forces for maximum coverage: Kate will be leading the discussion for three of Atwood’s books while Corey will take on three non-Atwood classics united by their shared love of a strong female protagonist. We’ll alternate weeks and books, so Challengers are free to engage with both parts of the Challenge or to stick with one strand or the other, as you like.
So which ones did we choose? Read on for the full list and schedule!
July 22 & August 5 – The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
July 29 & August 12 – Belinda by Maria Edgeworth
August 19 & September 2 – The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
August 26 & September 9 – Indiana by George Sand
September 16 & 30 – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
September 23 & October 7 – I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
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) or a limited edition World Book Night 2011 book, 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 October.
So happy reading, Challengers! It should be a fun girl-power-filled summer and we’ll see you back here next week for the beginning of the Atwood-a-palooza!
–Corey and Kate