The Nobel Prize in Literature: Selections from the Last Ten Years
We live in a society flooded with decontextualized information, social media hot-takes,
and click-bait headlines, yet we know that there must be more to the story than what is presented to us. Indeed, there is a way in which the dominant digital modes of thought, with all their speed and immediacy, are radically insufficient for dealing with the complexities of our contemporary world. These complexities require a slower, more nuanced form of contemplation that can help us think about the tangled relationship between history and individual lives — and it is here that great literature can assist us. In this course, we will begin to unpack this relationship by reading four books from recent Nobel Laureates.
In each two-hour class, Dr. Andrew A. Kelin will spend the first hour explaining the biographical, historical, and aesthetic context of each work. During the second half, you will engage in an open-ended discussion of the book and its relationship to the world and our own lives.
This class will be held in-person at WIH and simulcast via Zoom.
Monthly Course Schedule | Tuesdays
Sep 06 | 1:00 PM Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
Oct 04 | 1:00 PM Admiring Silence by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Nov 01 | 1:00 PM Runaway by Alice Munro
Dec 06 | 1:00 PM Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck
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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.