Four New Yorkers: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Louis Auchincloss, Ralph Ellison, Vivian Gornick
What does it mean to be a New Yorker? By reading the New York-based fiction and memoir by these four writers, we will get four answers to that question, as we explore refugee New York, “blue blood” New York, and African American New York. By Singer we will read some short stories and one novel, by Auchincloss some short stories, and by Ellison his great novel Invisible Man. We will round it off with a look at the New York of the recent (pre-COVID) past in Gornick’s The Odd Woman and the City. Be advised that the course involves a good deal of reading.
You'll Walk Away with
- Familiarity with four influential New York authors
- A new understanding of New York history
- The curious and creative
- Professionals who use critical thinking