Course Description

Point of View: Identity, Reformed (book discussion)

Join us this fall in reading five innovative novels of identity that tells stories of gender, race, and humanity through the multiple lenses of history, politics, medicine, and tradition. We begin with Booker short-listed Esi Edugyan’s travelogue-like tale of Washington Black, artist, scientist, and escaped Barbados slave. Next, we turn to Anna Burns’ Booker winning Milkman, a comic, epic, coming of age novel set in the time of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. We follow with the much-lauded There There, Tommy Orange’s Chaucerian epic of a diverse set of Native Americans on their way to a pow-wow in Oakland. We continue with Booker short-listed Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi’s mythical tale of madness and gender. We finish with National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez’ The Friend, a meditation on life, love, and identity through the lens of a woman who inherits her best friend’s dog.

Instructor: Miriam Camitta


  • Section I:  5 Tues., Sept. 24, Oct. 8, 15, 29, and Nov. 12,  10 AM to 12 PM
  • Section II:  5 Tues., Sept. 24, Oct. 8, 15, 29, and Nov. 12,  1 to 3 PM

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