Jeannette Walls tells the unusual life story of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, in the form of a real-life novel. It is the story of a confident, resourceful woman set against the historical background of early 20th-century America.
The talk will include a brief biographical overview of the author and how she came to write her novel. The novel itself will be placed in its historical context; its style, language and symbolism will be discussed and central themes highlighted. How typical is the protagonists childhood of the time and place in which she lived? What is her role as a woman in the family and in society in general? What kind of challenges did life in rural America at the beginning of the last century present? These and other topics will be examined and discussed in the context of the "Abitur" topic "Challenges and choices in an insecure world".
Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt, im Anschluss können Fragen an Frau Nowotny, die u.a. Sekundärliteratur zu diesem Buch geschrieben hat, gestellt werden.