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The Novel Today

 


Register for of this Spring 2024 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website at The Novel Today Section 1 (in-person), The Novel Today Section 2 (online) , or The Novel Today Section 3 (online) .
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.  We will investigate a variety of inventive narrative strategies, explore the psychology of numerous fascinating characters, and examine important topics within a context of changing times, changing lives and a changing world. Together we will  explore: a piano virtuoso and her double in a journey across Europe; two progressive thinkers, marriage, and sexual freedom in the heady atmosphere of fin de siècle London; a lone woman homesteader in a magical Montana in the early twentieth century; a mixed-race fishing community on Malaga Island, Maine; an autobiographical French novel in which a postcard received in 2003 with the names of family members killed at Auschwitz leads to a moving, life-changing investigation; an enigmatic artist known only as X whose life-span ends in a dissolving 21st century America; an invited guest who cuts a swath through various social circles in the late-summer Hamptons; a strange Shakespearean brew of power, property, progressivism and dark plots in contemporary New Zealand; a  heartbreaking new David Copperfield in contemporary Appalachia; moral panic, social anxiety and young love in Coalfield, Tennessee. 
Readings: Deborah Levy, August Blue ; Tom Crewe, The New Life ; Victor LaValle, Lone Women ; Paul Harding, The Other Eden ; Anne Berest, The Postcard ; Catherine Lacy, Biography of X ; Emma Cline, The Guest ; Eleanor Catton, Birnam Wood ; Barbara Kingsolver, Demon Copperhead ; Kevin Wilson, Now Is Not the Time to Panic . Students should read August Blue, by Deborah Levy for the first class.  Spring 2024 tuition is $649.

 

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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

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking

2 sections

  • Spring 2024

    • Section

      001
    • Semester

      Spring 2024
    • Date

      Feb 21 - May 1
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

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

      002
    • Semester

      Spring 2024
    • Date

      Feb 22 - May 2
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      10:00AM-11:40AM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Website registration is not available. Please call (212) 998-7150 for more information on how to enroll.
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    • Section

      3
    • Semester

      Spring 2024
    • Date

      Feb 22 - May 2
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      1:00PM-2:40PM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Instructor Led