Literary Laurels
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 3801
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Fiction
This course features recent recipients of prestigious literary awards, including the Man Booker, Nobel Prize, Impac Award, National Book Award, Orange Prize, Premio Viareggio, Académie Française Grand Prix, Pulitzer Prize, and MacArthur Award. The class explores the best in postmodern fiction from around the world, including both new authors and established masters from the United States, France, Peru, India, Lebanon, Morocco, Ireland, and Italy. Readings address major historical, social, and psychological issues and have been chosen for their fearlessness, honesty, and ability to deepen both thinking and feeling. The class reads Amelie Nothomb, Fear and Trembling; Rawi Hage, DeNiro’s Game; Tahar Ben Jelloun, This Blinding Absence of Light; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun; Mario Vargas Llosa, The Storyteller; Toni Morrison, A Mercy; Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger; Cormac McCarthy, The Road; Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child; Niccolo Ammaniti, I’m Not Scared; Marilynne Robinson, Gilead; Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin; and Paul Harding, Tinkers.
Course Open to: Degree Students