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Explore the captivating world of literature in the heart of NYC with a range of classes covering diverse genres, from classic literature and poetry to modern fiction and creative writing, where participants can enhance their understanding and appreciation for the written word.

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Tourism: Space, Leisure, and the Global Economy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

Embark on a critical exploration of global tourism's impact on space, leisure, and the economy. From the evolution of mass travel to contemporary digital nomadism, delve into the complexities of tourist economies and their effects on both travelers and local communities worldwide. Challenge conventional notions of authenticity and examine the intersections of commodification, imperialism, and ecology in the realm of leisure travel.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Melinda Cooper: Family Values

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Dive into the intricate intersections of free-market neoliberalism and social conservatism with Melinda Cooper's illuminating exploration. Unravel the unexpected alliance forged through the centrality of family and Christian values in late 20th-century politics. Through critical analysis, delve into the underlying motivations behind this alliance and its implications for our understanding of liberty, inequality, and the market.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Gilles Deleuze: Difference and Repetition

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Explore the revolutionary ideas of Gilles Deleuze in his seminal work on Difference and Repetition. Delve into his anti-Hegelian philosophy of difference, challenging conventional notions of identity and sameness. Uncover the significance of pure difference as the foundation of experience and unravel the complexities of repetition in shaping new possibilities.

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William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Embark on a profound exploration of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and its impact on Southern narratives of race and history. Delve into Faulkner's literary excavation of the South's dark past, challenging official evasions and confronting the legacy of racism. Explore the perspectives of influential writers influenced by Faulkner's work, from James Baldwin to Toni Morrison, as we critically examine his complex portrayal of race and society.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Greek Mythology: Order and Chaos

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Delve into the origins of Western thought with Greek Mythology. Explore cosmic order, divine origins, and the complexities of human existence through close readings of ancient texts. Unravel the mysteries of creation, gender, justice, and the divine in this captivating journey through myth and philosophy.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Gershom Scholem: Mysticism & the Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Delve into the rich intellectual legacy of Gershom Scholem. Explore his profound insights into Jewish mysticism and its intersection with contemporary politics and the Jewish historical condition. Uncover Scholem's influential philosophy of history, rooted in kabbalah, messianism, and a deep engagement with language, literature, and nationhood.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Gender, Sex, and Performance: an Introduction to Judith Butler

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Embark on a comprehensive exploration of Judith Butler's groundbreaking theories on gender, sex, and performance. From their seminal work in Gender Trouble to their latest insights in Who’s Afraid of Gender?, delve into Butler's complex examination of identity and politics. Gain a nuanced understanding of Butler's influential contributions to feminist and queer theory, challenging conventional notions of gender and sexuality.

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Marxism and Literature

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Embark on an exploration of the dynamic interplay between Marxism and literature. Delve into the multifaceted relationships, from historical analysis to ideological critique, that have shaped Marxist literary criticism. Engage with key concepts like history, ideology, mediation, and form, as we unravel the complexities of literary study through a materialist lens.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Jürgen Habermas: The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Embark on an exploration of the public sphere with Jürgen Habermas. Analyze the evolution of this crucial space for democratic discourse and its challenges in today's fragmented society. Delve into Habermas's seminal work to uncover insights on renewing and revitalizing public dialogue in the 21st century.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Friendship: Ethics, Politics, and Literature

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Explore the profound bonds of friendship through philosophy and literature. From Homer's Achilles and Patroclus to modern tales like Thelma and Louise, delve into the ethics and politics woven into the fabric of human connection. Join us in unraveling the mysteries of friendship in an age where digital interactions challenge its traditional meanings.

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Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Delve into Hannah Arendt's profound exploration of human existence. Uncover her insights on labor, work, and action, and their significance in today's world of advancing technology and eroding public space. Join us to reflect on what it truly means to be human in an ever-changing landscape.

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Reading Dostoevsky's The Idiot with Liza Knapp

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

In writing The Idiot,a novel dear to his own heart, Dostoevsky set about to depict a truly good man. As he asks whether goodness can survive in the world and/or a novel, Dostoevsky also addresses traditional assumptions about marriage, family life, the “woman question,” Russian identity, health, sickness, love and death. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of The Idiot (finished in 1869), we take a new look.

(1071) All levels 18 and older
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$400

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Arguably, Some of the Best Books of the 20th Century

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

The operative word here is “arguably.” Read the books, discuss their meaning, their message, and of course, argue their merits (or demerits). Please read The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow for the first meeting. Books include In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, Howard's End by E.M. Forster and The Wide Sargasso by Jean Rhys.

(1071) All levels 18 and older
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$750

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Shakespeare with Leo Schaff - The Winter’s Tale

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Join charismatic actor and teacher Leo Schaff as he breathes life into Shakespeare’s words, acting out portions of the play and offering illuminating insights into the Bard’s language, plot lines, historical context and eternal relevance, all with a generous sense of humor. The Tempest - January 8 The magic hand of Prospero guides us through storm, loss, adventure and abandonment—to comedy, romance, and righteous reconciliation. Ariel, Caliban,...

(1071) All levels 18 and older
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$224

7 sessions

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Prosody with David Yezzi

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Poems are written in musical language. In this special two-day intensive, we examine the ways that form (traditional meter and verse techniques) is used to make music in poetry, and learn how the age-old tools of poetic composition can liberate, strengthen and energize your writing in verse.

(1071) All levels 18 and older
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$400

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Reading Cervantes with Edith Grossman

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Most of us know Miguel de Cervantes as the author of Don Quixote, but it may come as a surprise that he also wrote short fiction as well as works for the theater. His novellas (called "Novelas ejemplares," or "Exemplary Novels,") are fast-paced and witty, and well may be, as Cervantes claimed, the first novellas written originally in Spanish and not translated from Italian. He wrote twelve; we'll read roughly half that number.  Specific titles...

(1071) All levels 18 and older
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$420

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Reading Latin American Fiction

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Beginning in the early twentieth century, the various Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America began developing a unique style of fantastic literature. Under the influence of Poe (via France) and certain schools of philosophy (the Pre-Socratics, Berkeley, William James, Existenialism) writers as different as Borges, García Márquez and Armonía Somers created a new way of looking at everyday reality.

(1071) All levels 18 and older
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$420

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Reading the Bible with Noam Scheindlin

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

The Bible's indelible mark on literature is not just in the stories that it tells, but in the way those stories are told. In this class, we read and explore the compelling and subtle narratives of the Bible, which have been so influential on the development of the Western literary tradition. In this secular approach to a sacred text, we will be very interested in the sophisticated psychological portrayals of characters such as Joseph, Moses and...

(1071) All levels 18 and older
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$420

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The Muse in the Museum with Molly Peacock

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Poetry and Art are intimate companions. The vitality of imagery creates the poet's vision. This studio/seminar will explore images in a selection of poems from the 17th to the 21st centuries as well as similar imagery in paintings and sculpture from New York City's museums. Passes to two museums are included in the class. Each class gives students time to write, creating new poetic structures in response to visual art.

(1071) All levels 18 and older
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$385

4 sessions

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Memoir with Anya Yurchyshyn

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Our personal stories are a vital part of who we are. When we explore our stories by writing memoir, we have the opportunity to understand our experiences more deeply and give others a chance to reflect on theirs. In this course, students will produce and share original autobiographical work, examine aspects of craft such as voice, structure and narration, and engage in critical conversations around topics such as memory, truth (and “truth”),...

(1071) All levels 18 and older
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