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: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Fiction
This course features recent recipients of prestigious national and global literary awards, including the Nobel Prize, Impac Award, Pulitzer Price, Prix Goncourt, Booker Prize, Pen-Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, MacArthur Award. This is an opportunity to explore the best in postmodern literature in a global context, including major authors from the United States, Canada, Nigeria, Ireland, Senegal, France, Spain, England, Holland. Settings range from the court of Henry VIII and the Korea of Kim Jong Il and to the battlefields of Iraq, the Paris art scene, a Dallas Cowboys football game as well as that country of the mind known as the future. Readings will address major, serious historical, social, and psychological issues and have been especially chosen for their fearlessness, their honesty, and their ability to both broaden thinking and deepen feeling. Readings: Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Lost Halftime Walk; Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah; Marie Ndaye, Three Strong Women; Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son; Michel Houellebecq, The Map and the Territory; Kevin Barry, The City of Bohane; Herman Koch, The Dinner; Javier Marias, The Infatuations; Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies; and selected stories from Alice Munro, Dear Life and George Saunders’ Tenth of December.
Course Open to: Degree Students