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
  • Literature
  • Fiction
  • Creative Writing
This course will feature short literary texts as approached by writers and scholars from the New School 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 different kinds of reading. Lecturers and texts may include: Neil Gordon on Joyce's "The Dead" and Kanafani's "Returning to Haifa," Darcy Steinke on Katherine Anne Porter's "Noon Wine," Nidhi Srinivas on Coetzee's "Dusklands," Albert Mobilio on Carver's "The Beginners," Nicholas Birns on Cather's Neighbour Rosicky, Dan Gunn on Beckett's "First Love," and Val Vinokur on Dostoevsky's "Notes from Underground," Bellow's "Seize the Day," and Babel's "Red Cavalry." Students will meet in smaller discussion sections before each lecture as preparation. A short weekly written assignment and its 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


Open to Undergraduate students.