"Only Connect": E. M. Forster's Howards End and A Passage to India
Week 1: July 3-9, 2016
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E. M. Forster concerned himself with the muddles and mysteries that arise in personal relationships or culture-clashes, most famously in his last two novels, Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924). Having produced four successful novels by age 31, why did he take so long to publish the last and then, for the rest of his long, extraordinary life, fall silent? He never ceased writing, of course, distinguishing himself as an essayist, critic, and broadcaster in the best of an embattled Victorian liberal tradition.
In "What I Believe," Forster championed "tolerance, good temper, and sympathy"—humanistic values that faced lethal challenges in a century torn by global conflict, imperial domination, and industrial exploitation. As these novels explore the forces that impede human connection and distort authentic identity, they speak with uncanny relevance to our own muddled condition. In lively discussion with CAU favorite David Faulkner, we'll aspire to embody in our own way Forster's epigraph to Howards End: "Only connect!"
David Faulkner joined the Cornell faculty as a senior lecturer in the Department of English in 2007. He teaches in the first-year writing program, including the Writing Workshop. He has also taught writing and literature at Princeton University, Tompkins Cortland... > more
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