Special One Credit “Book Club” with Howard Jacobson

Renowned British novelist Howard Jacobson will be our third GW-British Council Writer in Residence during February 2010. Like Suhayl Saadi and Nadeem Aslam before him, Mr. Jacobson will read four works of his choosing with students and discuss them informally over four Tuesday nights. Upon completion of the course students will turn in 5 pages of course reflection to the department chair to gain credit for their participation.

The course’s official title is “Studies in Contemporary Literature” and its CRN is 35750. The course is not as stuffy as this sounds: really, it is a free flowing book club that allows you to get to know a major British author well. This is a once in lifetime opportunity.

Books are available at the GW bookstore and include: Jane Austen’s Persuasion, D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love, and Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Students should read Samuel Johnson’s History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia before the first meeting of the class on Tuesday Feb. 9. The remaining three meetings are 2/16, 2/23, and 3/2. The class meets 6-7:30 PM in Rome Hall 771.

Registration for the course is open. Please let me know (chair@gwu.edu) if you have any questions. 

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