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Discovering the Modern: The Novels of E.M. Forster

Register for this Fall 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website .
The subject of multiple acclaimed film adaptations and admired by critics as different as Lionel Trilling, Frank Kermode, and Zadie Smith, E. M. Forster wrote six novels that chronicle the development of a modern sensibility in English and global society. Examining issues of class and gender, sexuality and colonialism, cohesion and alienation, Forster’s novels are funny, incongruous, and revelatory. They also display an author determined to keep the novel a sustainable, renewable form in the twentieth century. We will read, in order, Forster’s six novels: Where Angels Fear To Tread, The Longest Journey, A Room With A View, Howards End, Passage to India, and the posthumously published Maurice, his compelling novel of same-sex love. We will also read Frank Kermode’s short critical book, Concerning E. M. Forster. Fall 2023 tuition is $499.
Registering at least three weeks prior to the course start date is highly recommended.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A familiarity with E.M. Forster’s novels
  • An understanding of E.M. Forster’s impact on modern literature
  • Knowledge about E.M. Forster’s life and influences

Ideal for

  • Those with an interest in modern literature
  • The curious and creative
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.