Courtesy, a Brief History or, What`s the Matter with Kids Today?
Douglas Northrop – Retired Professor of English & Cultural Studies
March 26 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
Douglas Northrop – Retired Professor of English & Cultural Studies at Ripon College. His scholarly interests started with English Renaissance literature, specifically Spenser`s poem, The Faerie Queene, becoming intrigued by Book Six, the Book of Courtesy. That study of courtesy led to an examination of courtesy manuals and courtesy novels of the18th century, and into modern times, touching on Jane Austen, Dickens, Virginia Wolff and Oscar Wilde. He explores what courtesy has meant historically and what changes in gender roles, class structure, and economic circumstances impact our ideas and practices concerning courteous behavior.