Anyone who’s read On Beauty knows that author Zadie Smith’s attitude towards academia is ambivalent at best. But this is what passes for a day job in the novel writing world, and so this semester finds Smith up at Columbia, teaching a fiction seminar called “Sense and Sensibility.” The syllabus for Spring 2009 Writing R6212 section 001:
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
The Complete Stories
An Experiment in Love
Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader
The Screwtape Letters
My Loose Thread
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Book of Daniel
A Room with a View
The Quiet American
And this entry on Columbia’s site adds George Saunders’s Pastoralia, Tom McCarthy’s Remainder, W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, JG Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition, readings from Orwell, and Richard Yates’s Eleven Kinds of Loneliness to that list. Her full course description:
The course will be punctuated by secondary readings of literary criticism and philosophy.
* Most of the novels are short.
Nice asterisk. I kinda want to take that “The Comic Novel” course listed on that same page, too…[Via The Elegant Variation]