The Contemporary American Novel

SILL: The Contemporary American Novel

Fridays, 3/3,10, (skip 17), 24, & 31, 2023, 12:30-1:30, Galloway Campus | This course will outline the status of the contemporary American novel in the first session. Participants will select one to three recent American novels for the remaining three sessions, with a specific focus on contemporary American women writers as March is Women’s History Month. The remaining three sessions will focus on the novel(s) selected, with lectures focused on genre, historical and cultural context, and other writers who explore similar themes. There will be time in each session for discussion of the lecture and novel. Participants are encouraged to read the novel prior to the session or use the course for enrichment of future reading. Novel list (participants will pick 1-3 for sessions 2-4): The Vanishing Half (2020) by Brit Bennett, A Children’s Bible (2020) by Lydia Millet, A Woman is No Man (2019) by Etaf Rum, The Idiot (2017) by Elif Batuman, The Round House (2012) by Louise Erdrich, Salvage the Bones (2011) by Jesmyn Ward.

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Tuition: $45 for all four sessions. SILL courses are FREE to residents of Atlantic or Ocean Counties age 60 or older.