Course Description

ONLINE: In her 1981 novel "July’s People," Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer imagines a post-apartheid future where violent revolution has upended Johannesburg’s status quo. In a role reversal, the titular July saves his former employers, a white family, by hiding them in his native village. In a different time and place, two American families in Rumaan Alam’s “Leave the World Behind" (2020) also are jolted by social and personal upheaval and must struggle to survive and make sense of their new world. Guided by the instructor, this discussion-based course will compare and contrast the two novels and examine how these masterful writers shape their narratives, involve readers and demonstrate how race, gender and privilege shape identity. The characters, situations and disconcerting contemporary parallels found in these works will remain in readers’ minds long after they finish the last pages and should make for lively discussion. | Facilitated discussion.

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Section Title
Two Novels in Conversation: "July's People" and "Leave the World Behind"
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Oct 04, 2022 to Nov 15, 2022
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Please note: To facilitate class discussion, students should use the specified editions of the novels.

Required reading:
Nadine Gordimer, "July's People" (9780140061406)
Rumaan Alam, "Leave the World Behind" (9780062667649)

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