Scribner Seminar Program
Cycles of Marriage and Divorce
Instructor(s): Susan Walzer, Sociology
Description: During the past century, the number of marriages ending in divorce reached historically unprecedented rates. At the beginning of this century, couples previously excluded from marriage are nevertheless eager to wed. Students in this seminar investigate continuities and changes in marriage—both as a social institution and as a private experience of two people. Drawing on research studies and expressive narratives, we explore how social scientific and literary approaches differ and intersect in illuminating cycles of marriage and divorce.