Lit Sem: Strangers in the City
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3932
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Civic Engagement
"Cities are, by definition, full of strangers," wrote the noted urbanist Jane Jacobs. Why do cities make such rich fictional terrain, and why is the figure of the stranger such a key literary archetype? This seminar takes up these questions and more through the close reading of a wide-rangeing group of urban fictions by authors including Henry James, Zadie Smith, Claude Brown, Edith Wharton, Saphhire, Nathaneal West, Paula Fox, Naguib Mahfouz, Colum McCann, and Fyodor Dostoyvesky. Writing assignments include both fiction and commentary.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to Undergraduate students.