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The Novel Today

Discuss major new work by today’s top writers, including rising novelists, award-winners, and established favorites, all of whom are central to today’s cultural conversation. Readings will feature an Irish author known as “The Salinger of the Snapchat Generation,” a German wunderkind, Booker and Nobel Prize winners, one of the rising stars of Japanese women’s writing, Baghdad’s new literary sensation, and several fearless and emotionally powerful American voices. Narratives will include December-May lovers in London, erotic dancers in San Francisco, complicated powwows in Oakland, steamy scandals in Peru, a gay community’s tragic “slow-motion tsunami” in Chicago, and big lovable dogs in New York City. We will investigate a variety of inventive narrative strategies; explore the psychology of numerous fascinating characters; and examine important topics within a context of changing worlds, changing times, changing lives. Fall 2019 readings include Sayaka Murata, Convenience Store Woman; Julian Barnes, The Only Story; Tommy Orange, There There; Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room; Sigrid Nunez, The Friend; Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers; Sally Rooney, Normal People; Benedict Wells, The End of Loneliness; Mario Vargas Llosa, The Neighborhood; and Ahmed Saadawi, Frankenstein in Baghdad. Note: Please read Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman prior to the first class.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy, including intercultural knowledge and competence
  • An understanding of current contemporary fiction, including its themes, meanings, and historical and cultural contexts
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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    • Section

      1
    • Semester

      Summer 2019
    • Date

      Jun 5 - Jul 31
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

      1:00PM-2:40PM
      • In-Person
    • Format

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      8
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $475
    • Section

      2
    • Semester

      Summer 2019
    • Date

      Jun 6 - Aug 1
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      6:20PM-8:00PM
      • In-Person
    • Format

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      8
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $475