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Masterpieces of 20th-Century Fiction

Register for this Spring 2024 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.

Study five major 20th-century classics that have passed the test of time: one of the greatest anti-war novels of all time, written by a  German veteran of the first World War; an existential crime novel set in the  Malay Archipelago by a far-traveling novelist central to the modernist movement; a novel of love, anger, and revenge in a ménage à trois in Paris on the brink of World War II by France’s foremost feminist philosopher; an epic American novel about the rise and fall of a brutal populist in the Depression-era deep South; a  groundbreaking English novel of  “inner space” that explores identity, liberation, revolution, social breakdown and madness. Readings: Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front; Joseph Conrad, Victory; Simone de Beauvoir, She Came to Stay; Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men; Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook Spring 2024 tuition is $449

Students should read Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front for the first class.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with 20th-century literature

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.