John Hosts Novel Discussion at Parnassus Book Club Meeting

Parnassus Book Club Coordinator Kathy Schultenover, Dr. Caresse John & Parnassus Manager Andy Brennan

Dr. Caresse John, associate professor of English at Belmont, led the discussion of classic novel Passing by Nella Larsen at both the morning and evening session of Parnassus’s Classic Book Club meeting on July 27. Over 30 participants in each session appreciated deeper insight into the novel through John’s academic knowledge of Larsen’s background and writing.

John’s area of teaching is American Literature, Composition and Gender Studies and she is interested in Modernist poetry, contemporary women writers and literary theory, particularly feminism and narratology. She has published two articles and a book chapter on Passing and will be taking a sabbatical this Fall to continue her study of the novel.