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Literature

  • Analyzes, Interprets, and Critiques Literature
  • Provides Lively Discussion and Debate
  • Develops Cultural Aptitude

These courses provide the opportunity to read and discuss novels, short stories, memoirs, plays, and poetry. You will explore classic and contemporary literature from ancient texts to current bestsellers as you gain skills to analyze, interpret, and critique writing; develop cultural aptitude; and participate in nuanced discussions and lively debates.

This semester, study in-person or from anywhere in the world from the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Literature for the 21st Century

Discover a generation of authors likely to set literary trends well into the 21st century.

2024 Summer
1 section

The Novel Today (Summer)

Section 1 on Wednesdays is the only in-person option - Thursday sections are online. Discuss major new work by today’s top writers,...

2024 Summer
2 sections

Parallel Lives: George Eliot's Daniel Deronda

Dive deep into George Eliot’s masterpiece, Daniel...

2024 Summer
1 section

Reading Homer's Odyssey: Voyage of Self-Discovery

Explore Homer’s Odyssey as a metaphor for the challenges we face...

2024 Summer
1 section

George Eliot¿s "Middlemarch" in the 21st Century

Dive deep into George Eliot’s masterpiece, Middlemarch

0 sections

Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

Seen as an artistic failure or an overgrown children’s book until the 1920s, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is now widely accepted as...

2024 Summer
1 section

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

Read the novels of E.M. Forster and learn about his contribution to modern literature.

James Joyce's Ulysses

Rediscover James Joyce’s canonical work, Ulysses .

Masterpieces of 19th-Century Fiction

Read 19th-century classics that have passed the test of time and are still of interest to contemporary readers.

The Short Fiction of Franz Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges

Explore the two most ambitious and experimental short story writers of the modern...

Two Novels by Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment and the Brothers Karamazov

Read and analyze two recent, acclaimed translations of Fyodor Dostevsky’s most famous novels.

Ancient Greek Tragedy: The First Family

Follow the legend of the First Family of Greek literature: the House of...

Brilliant Minds

Read examples of works in which brilliant minds use their gifts to entertain, inspire, engage, and enlighten us. Spring 2024...

Masterpieces of 20th-Century Fiction

Study major modern 20th century novels that now enjoy classic status.

Reading Shakespeare: The Pleasure of Tragedy

Read and discuss Shakespeare's great tragedies.

Religion and Literature: From the Bible to James Baldwin

Register for this Spring 2024 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website. The Hungarian critic Georg Lukács said...