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The Novel Today

Discuss major new work by today’s top writers, including rising novelists, award-winners, and established favorites, all of whom are central to today’s cultural conversation. From mythic ancient Greece to the Korean diaspora in 20th-century Japan, from rural Ireland to war-torn Baghdad, from the American Wild West to a range of contemporary world cities, our novels feature communicative trees, complicated witches, Irish revenants, Yakuza gangsters, Dostoyevskian idiots, great matriarchs, a rambunctious birthday party, more than one asymmetrical love story, and several strange trips. 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 worlds, changing times, and changing lives. Readings include Hernan Diaz, In the Distance; Andrew Sean Greer, Less; Elif Batuman, The Idiot; Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry; Mike McCormack, Solar Bones; Min Jin Lee, Pachinko; Joan Silber, Improvement; Madeline Miller, Circe; Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels; and Richard Powers, The Overstory.

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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

3 sections

  • Spring 2019

    • Section

      003
    • Semester

      Spring 2019
    • Date

      Feb 20 - May 1
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    • Section

      001
    • Semester

      Spring 2019
    • Date

      Feb 21 - May 2
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    • Section

      002
    • Semester

      Spring 2019
    • Date

      Feb 21 - May 2
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
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Closed

    • Section

      4
    • Semester

      Fall 2018
    • Date

      Sep 26 - Dec 5
    • Day

      Wednesday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $475
    • Section

      5
    • Semester

      Fall 2018
    • Date

      Sep 27 - Dec 6
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $475
    • Section

      6
    • Semester

      Fall 2018
    • Date

      Sep 27 - Dec 6
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

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

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $475