Five African Nobel Laureates

Register for this Fall 2022 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
Registration for this course will end on Tuesday, October 18, at 11:59pm EDT to allow time for processing COVID-related requirements. If you want to register after this date, please contact the academic department at to determine if an exception can be made.
With the award of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature to the Tanzanian writer Abdelrazak  Gurnah, the Swedish Academy has now honored several writers in English from sub-Saharan Africa. In this course, we will read novels by Gurnah, Doris Lessing, J. M. Coetzee,Wolé Soyinka, and Naguib Mahfouz, examining how the modern African novel has engaged in the resistance to colonial oppression, the problems and ironies of writing the nation, and robust engagement with the aesthetics of contemporary narrative. These novels also explore the personal dimensions of life, the struggle for personal identity, the quest for meaningful relationships, growing up, and growing old. Readings will include: Doris Lessing, The Grass Is Singing ; J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace ; Abdelrazak Gurnah, Gravel Heart ; Wole Soyinka, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth ; and Naguib Mahfouz, Midaq Alley . We will read Lessing’s The Grass Is Singing for the first session. Fall 2022 tuition is $369.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Lovers of modern literature and global literary culture
  • The curious and creative

Ideal for

  • Knowledge of some of the leading African literary figures and their key works
  • Greater understanding of the global dynamics of literary culture

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  • Fall 2022

    • Section

    • Semester

      Fall 2022
    • Date

      Nov 1 - Nov 29
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Birns, Nicholas
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Website registration is not available. Please call (212) 998-7150 for more information on how to enroll.