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The Novel Today

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. These novels take us to the Wild West before the Civil War, the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, a secret tunnel that runs between Gaza and Israel, the Greek island of Hydra, north London, and a village in Massachusetts. We will investigate the haunted mountains of Germany, the haunted trees of Mississippi, the dark forest of the psyche, the nature of power in female hands, amazing divers, unlikely spies, and more than one story that could be described as “the muddle of good works.” We will examine the way in which personal situations connect both to the political problems of our time and to the mystery of the human condition. Readings include Daniel Kehlmann, You Should Have Left; Ali Smith, Autumn; Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach; Sebastian Barry, Days Without End; Nathan Englander, Dinner at the Center of the Earth; Jonathan Dee, The Locals; Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing; Nicole Krauss, Forest Dark; Naomi Alderman, The Power; and Lawrence Osborne, Beautiful Animals.

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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
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking

2 sections

  • Summer 2018
    • Section

      001
    • Semester

      Summer 2018
    • Date

      Jun 6 - Aug 1
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      8
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    • Section

      002
    • Semester

      Summer 2018
    • Date

      Jun 7 - Aug 2
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      6:20PM-8:00PM
      • In-Person
    • Format

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      8
    • Location

      Midtown Center
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Closed

    • Section

      3
    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 8 - Apr 26
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      6:30PM-8:10PM
      • In-Person
    • Format

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Faculty

      Birns, Nicholas
    • Location

      Manhattan Village Academy
    Tuition $460
    • Section

      4
    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 21 - May 2
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $460
    • Section

      5
    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 22 - May 3
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      10:00AM-11:40AM
      • In-Person
    • Format

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $460
    • Section

      6
    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 22 - May 3
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $460