Fiction: An Introduction

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Fiction: An Introduction

Spring 2020

Taught By: Val Vinokur

Section: L

CRN: 7212


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: Daniel Mendelsohn on “Oedipus Rex”; Susan Bernofsky on Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”; Albert Mobilio on Carver's "The Beginners”; Ben Anders on Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway”; 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.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 60

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: 11:50am 8/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 2:10pm - 3:25pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2020 - 5/7/2020