The Novel Now

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

The Novel Now

Summer 2018

Taught By: Margaret Boe Birns

Section: A

CRN: 1830

Credits: 3

Discuss major new work by today’s top writers from America and beyond, including emerging important novelists, award-winners, and popular favorites, all of whom are central to our cultural conversation. From a whaling ship in the Arctic Sea to the wild Texas frontier to the gold coast of Africa to posh suburban Shaker Heights to the infinite landscape of the interior life, our novels will introduce us to among other things magical doors, a baby Hamlet, honorable cowboys, otherworldly vegetarians, unruly rulebreakers, grouchy Swedish saints, possibly Robert Redford, and an entire family tree. Readings will lead us to consider such issues as loveship and hateship, changing times, changing lives, changing selves, the mystery of evil and the power of good, and in a nutshell what Ian McEwan has called “sorrow, justice, meaning.” Readings for the accelerated summer session will consist of novellas/short novels: Nutshell, by Ian McEwan; News of the World, by Paulette Jiles: Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid; The North Water, by Ian McGuire; The Vegetarian, by Han Kang; Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi (two sessions); Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh; The Burning Girl, by Claire Messud; Trajectory, by Richard Russo (two sessions); Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere; A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 14

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: 10:13pm 9/22/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 312

Date Range: 6/4/2018 - 7/25/2018