Literary Reinvention

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Literary Reinvention

Spring 2019

Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman

Section: A

CRN: 3544


This course explores the ways that literature is grounded in the very act of reinventing -- or reclaiming, or redirecting -- earlier stories, themes, rhythms, grievances, and passions for the author’s own purposes. We read Shakespeare's The Tempest, Honore de Balzac’s Cousin Bette, poems by Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, James Baldwin’s essays, and the novel Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Together they represent a chronological spread from the early seventeenth century to the present day, and they span literary genres from drama to life-writing, poetry, and fiction. Weekly full-course meetings will alternate lectures and panels (which will include students); section meetings will engage in discussions and close reading of texts. Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section (LLST 2006) of this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 80

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:15am 10/23/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 66 5th Ave

Room: 101

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019