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The Novel Today

Discuss major new work by today’s top writers, including emerging novelists, award winners, and established favorites, all of whom are central to today’s cultural conversation. With settings from a dilapidated flat in London to a squirrelly Palo Alto, from a dreamlike Spanish village to 1960s Jerusalem, and from Moscow during the Revolution to the infinite landscape of the interior life, these novels introduce us to stand-up comics, magical doors, royal racehorses, Biblical villains, Russian aristocrats, brave refugees, Abraham Lincoln, and—especially—a gallery of baffling mothers, fathers, and children. Through these novels, examine the way in which personal situations connect both to the political problems of the time and to the mystery of the human condition. Readings include Mohsin Hamid, Exit West; Deborah Levy, Hot Milk; Rachel Cusk, Transit; Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone; Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen; George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo; David Grossman, A Horse Walks into a Bar; C. E. Morgan, The Sport of Kings; Amos Oz, Judas; and Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow.

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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

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 8 - Apr 26
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      6:30PM-8:10PM
      • In-Person
    • Format

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Faculty

      Birns, Nicholas
    • Location

      Manhattan Village Academy
    Tuition $460
    • Section

      2
    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 21 - May 2
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $460
    • Section

      3
    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 22 - May 3
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      10:00AM-11:40AM
      • In-Person
    • Format

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $460
    • Section

      4
    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 22 - May 3
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $460