Educated at Rollins College, Yale University, and the University of California at Berkeley, Spacks has taught at Wellesley College, Yale University, and the University of Virginia. Currently an Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English and chair of the English department at Virginia, Spacks is the author of a number of important critical works, including The Female Imagination (1975), The Adolescent Idea: Myths of Youth and Adult Imagination (1981), A Distant Prospect: Eighteenth-Century Views of Childhood (1982), Gossip (1986), and Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century Novels (1990). Her most recent book, Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind (1994), was released last December. Spacks is known for her wonderful talent in writing about complex and fascinating ideas in an accessible and clear fashion. Please join us for what will be a lively and engaging discussion.