Listen in to this scholarly lecture by Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Associate Professor of English at Governors State University, on the Lookingglass Theatre’s smoldering adaptation of Ethan Frome, a novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton. Ensemble member Laura Eason—recently hailed by the Chicago Tribune as Chicago’s next breakout playwright—directs her adaptation of this deeply poetic story about fervent desire, illicit passion, staggering regret, and the irreversible choices that shape the life of a reticent farmer in Starkfield, Massachusetts.
Lecturer Johnsen is an author and educator who earned her Ph.D. in English at Michigan State University. Her first book, Contemporary Feminist Historical Crime Fiction, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006. Her published essays focus on crime fiction, twentieth-century British literature, Irish literature, and book history. A member of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion since 1995, she has presented at many of their annual meetings.
Recorded Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the Loyola University Museum of Art.