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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.

2 classes in-person in NYC have spots left, and 5 classes live online are available.

Literature B2/C1/C2 - Advanced/Expert

French Institute Alliance Française @ 22 E 60th St, New York, NY

Read classic and contemporary writing in French! Books and themes change each session. Literature makes a major contribution to a nation’s cultural heritage and exposure to authentic written texts is one of the many ways foreign language learners can improve their language proficiency. In this course, discover classic and contemporary French and Francophone literature through the analysis and discussion of major literary works, either focusing...

Monday Jan 8th, 10:15–11:45am Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)

$449

10 sessions

A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing: An Introduction to Marx

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 30 Irving Pl, New York, NY

In the mid-nineteenth century, a young Karl Marx wrote, in the form of a published open letter to Arnold Ruge: “But if the designing of the future and the proclamation of ready-made solutions for all time is not our affair, then we realize all the more clearly what we have to accomplish in the present—I am speaking of a ruthless criticism of everything existing, ruthless in two senses: The criticism must not be afraid of its own conclusions,...

Tuesday Jan 30th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing: An Introduction to Marx

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

In the mid-nineteenth century, a young Karl Marx wrote, in the form of a published open letter to Arnold Ruge: “But if the designing of the future and the proclamation of ready-made solutions for all time is not our affair, then we realize all the more clearly what we have to accomplish in the present—I am speaking of a ruthless criticism of everything existing, ruthless in two senses: The criticism must not be afraid of its own conclusions,...

Thursday Feb 1st, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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Reading the Iliad

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

The Iliad stands at the start of most histories of western literature, even as it remains enduringly strange—often, it seems, at odds with the very tradition it has been taken to inaugurate.  In our course, we will attempt to recapture some of the strangeness and some of the continuing relevance of the Iliad. We will closely read and discuss the entirety of the poem, with especial attention to the following themes: the...

Wednesday Jan 31st, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Video Game Writing I: Conception (3-Week Intensive)

Gotham Writers Workshop

Unlock the secrets of crafting captivating narratives for video games in this immersive course. Dive into the world of game writing and learn how to build intricate stories, develop compelling characters, and create immersive worlds that will keep players engaged for hours. Whether you're a seasoned writer or a gaming enthusiast looking to turn your passion into a career, this course is your ticket to unlocking the power of storytelling in the gaming industry.

Tuesday Jan 16th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$200

2 sessions

Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

The Writing Studio @ Live Online via Zoom

Unleash your creativity and find your unique voice through the power of writing. Join a supportive community of writers as you explore the art of storytelling and unlock your hidden potential. Whether you're a seasoned writer or new to the craft, this class will guide you on an inspiring journey of self-expression and literary discovery.

Monday Dec 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

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$180
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$200

4 sessions

Simone de Beauvoir: Existentialism, Phenomenology, Feminism

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Simone de Beauvoir—activist, author, social critic, philosopher—is considered one of the pioneering figures of existentialist and feminist philosophy. Although her work spans multiple genres and address numerous modern social questions and classic philosophical dilemmas, it was the 1953 publication of The Second Sex that brought the “woman question” into plain and clear light and marked her entry into not only French, but also...

Sunday Feb 4th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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The Correspondence: Music and Literature

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

A unique and unforgettable mixture of performance, writing, and history of classical music led by Elena Baksht, founding director of the Southampton Arts Festival and Music at Lincoln Center, and “one of the most intriguing pianists of her generation.” An electrifying performer and engaging teacher, Baksht’s fascination with literature’s surprising connections to musical performance is contagious. Our knowledge of music can only deepen with...

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$160

4 sessions

The Bible as Literature: Narrative, Politics, & History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 612 W 116th St, New York, NY

The Bible is a wonderfully comprehensive collection of stories: a parade of heroes and villains, royals and peasants, dysfunctional families and the truest of filial loyalties.  Its texts span genres from poetry to novella, short story to historical epic, legalistic writing to satire, and instructional manual to the confessional. However, this simple fact of the Bible’s literary quality and variety often gets lost in discussions of authorship...

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$315

4 sessions

Cold Pastoral: Literature, Nature, and the Anthropocene

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

What do ideas of nature have to tell us about literature and how it works? Through the medium of the pastoral—variously defined as a genre, a set of rhetorical moves, or an uneasy collection of tropes—writers have evoked, described, and accounted for nature and humanity’s place within it. From visions of Arcadia to Paradise to the Golden Age, the pastoral theme has always been intertwined with a series of philosophical, aesthetic, and historical...

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$315

4 sessions

Literature and Colonialism: Joseph Conrad & Tayeb Salih

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

Famously excoriated by Chinua Achebe as an “offensive and deplorable” dehumanization of the lives of Africans, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness may be one of the most intensively scrutinized and adapted works of modern European literature. Achebe’s critique has since been contested, not least as a deliberate misreading of Conrad’s own perhaps ambivalent understanding of the industrialized barbarism of Belgian colonialism in the Congo....

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$315

4 sessions

E. Said’s Orientalism: Literature and the Non-European

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

What is “Orientalism”? And why has the book that defined it as a Western body of knowledge remained so popular as a key text of critical theory? Published in 1978, Edward Said’s Orientalism immediately attracted both praise and censure. For Said, the notion that the world is divided—politically, culturally, and morally—into the oppositional categories of East and West was an intellectual creation, which supported and facilitated...

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$315

4 sessions

Best of World Literature

92nd Street Y @ Online Classroom, New York, NY

Enjoy the stunning work of these authors from around the world. Please read Natalia Ginzburg’s Happiness, as Such for the first class, Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes for the second, the first half of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook for the third, the second half of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook for the fourth, and Anna Burns’ Milkman for the final session. Please read each work before the corresponding session..

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$175

5 sessions

French Literature & Feminism

Learn French BK @ 3650 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO

The language of love lends HER voice to seminal stories of Super Hero Femmes.  Learn French Brooklyn lead instructor Souad Bouhayat offers expert instruction and guidance to this impassioned subject matter. Each workshop follows a predetermined curriculum and study plan.  Book excerpts are read, dissected and discussed in an equally academic and open manner. Familiarity of each work is helpful, but not required. Classes may be taken as...

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Literature in Irish: Examining “Scothscéalta”

Irish Arts Center @ 500 W 52nd St, New York, NY

Pádraic Ó Conaire was the first Irish language writer to portray the human condition in a raw and honest manner. The title of this collection, “Scothscéalta,” means “Choice (or Best) Stories.” One short story will be discussed and analyzed each week in terms of themes, style and language. Pre-requisite: This course is aimed at intermediate and advanced level students. The classes will be conducted entirely through the medium...

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$160

8 sessions

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