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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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Marxism and Literature

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

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
$335

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Jürgen Habermas: The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

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 @ Online Classroom

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.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

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Exploring the Brontes

Literature and Lapdogs

Embark on a literary journey through the works of the Brontë sisters, delving into the rich legacy of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. Analyze their novels in depth, culminating in an exploration of the timeless masterpiece, Wuthering Heights.

All levels 18 and older
$100

8 sessions

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Jane Austen Study Group

Literature and Lapdogs

Join us for an in-depth exploration of Jane Austen's literary evolution, starting with her early works and progressing through her major novels. Engage in stimulating lectures and discussions, as we analyze and appreciate the nuances of Austen's timeless stories and characters.

Intermediate 18 and older
$150

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Jane Austen

Literature and Lapdogs

Dive into the captivating world of Jane Austen, starting with her early works and journeying through her major novels to her later writings. Join us for a thorough exploration of her literary genius, designed for passionate readers and dedicated Austen enthusiasts alike.

All levels 18 and older
$100

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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.

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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$400

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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,...

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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$224

7 sessions

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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.

(1074) 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...

(1074) 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

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.

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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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”),...

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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$385

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Reading Ulysses with Michael Groden

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

Work through selected chapters of Ulysses and discovery what makes the novel resonate today, with Michael Groden, editor of the James Joyce Archive

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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$385

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Reading the Divine Comedy with Joseph Luzzi

92nd Street Y

What makes Dante’s Divine Comedy such essential reading today, even though it was written seven centuries ago? This course will explore the fascinating world of Dante’s epic poem in all its cultural and historical richness, as we consider Dante’s relation to his beloved hometown of Florence, his lacerating experience of exile, and his lifelong devotion to his muse Beatrice, among many other issues.  We will pay special attention...

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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Reading Elizabeth Bishop with Lisa Goldfarb

92nd Street Y

Elizabeth Bishop is a modern North American poet who is hard to identify in terms of a single school of poetry, place, or home. She writes poems linked to her native ground of Nova Scotia and Massachusetts, yet she is also a poet who famously writes of travel. Brazil, where she lived for twenty years, was home away from home for her, as was Key West, for a shorter period. New York City, and Paris, too, figure into her poetic geography.  The...

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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Homer's Odyssey

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

Composed sometime between the seventh and eighth centuries B.C., Homer's Odyssey is one of the oldest works of world literature and the ancestor of virtually every narrative that involves a difficult journey home. The longing to return home is for Odysseus is the longing of a man to recover his identity as a king, husband, and father after having spent ten years in the Trojan war. The effort to return home involves him in a perilous journey thwarted...

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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$385

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Art and the American Identity

92nd Street Y

Art historian Rena Tobey gives a six-week interactive lecture series on American art, placing various artists and styles in the complex narrative of what it means to be an American. Clothes Make the Country: Colonial Portraiture and Separating from England The Land: Landscape Paintings and Emblems of the American Dream The People: Genre Paintings and the Emergence of American Archetypes The City: Urban Realism and America's Evolving Identity...

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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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.

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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$150

5 sessions

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Dante's Divine Comedy: Purgatorio

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

The course focuses on Purgatorio, the second of the three cantiche of Dante’s the Divine Comedy. Having been led through Hell by his poetic idol Virgil, through whom Dante has learned in the most graphic fashion the true nature of sin, Virgil now guides Dante on the arduous climb up the mount of Purgatory on which the potentially saved soul is cleansed of sin in preparation for the soul's reconciliation with God in Paradise. The Purgatorio's...

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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$165

7 sessions

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Coffee and Classics: Shakespeare's Rom-Coms

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

Shakespeare began his career with a sequence of romantic comedies: Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. In the first of these plays, the lovers lament that, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and it certainly goes haywire in all these plays as a result of the love drug in Midsummer and gender disguise in As You Like It and Twelfth Night. Ultimately, however, Puck assures us, “Jack shall have Jill, / Naught...

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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$192

6 sessions

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