Fiction: An Introduction
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2560
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Literature
  • Fiction
  • Creative Writing
Description:
This course will feature short literary texts as approached by writers and scholars from the New School, the American University of Paris, and beyond. Each lecture will offer an engaging critical approach to a great work of literature, and, taken as a whole, the class will offer a survey of methodologies of reading. Lecturers and texts may include: Neil Gordon on Joyce's "The Dead" and Kanafani's "Returning to Haifa," Daniel Mendelsohn on "Oedipus the King," Michael Almereyda on D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner," Albert Mobilio on Carver's "The Beginners," Siddhartha Deb on "Heart of Darkness," and Val Vinokur on "Notes from Underground" and Isaac Babel's "Red Cavalry." Lectures will shared live or via recording with a parallel course at the American University of Paris. Students will meet in smaller discussion sections before each lecture as preparation. A short weekly written assignment and revision will constitute the entire graded work of the course. Prospective students should be aware that, with the exception of excused absences, attendance at every class and timely completion of every assignment will be a prerequisite to succeeding in this class.
Note for Eugene Lang College students: this course fulfills an elective requirement for Literary Studies majors.
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students