Literature of New York City (Honors)
The written literature of New York City is, like the city itself, vast and eclectic. In any given semester, we might engage the short stories of James Baldwin, Junot Diaz, Delmore Schwartz, John Cheever and Toni Cade Bambara; the novels of Danzy Senna, Toni Morrison, Chaim Potok, and F. Scott Fitzgerald; the plays of Edward Albee and David Auburn; and the poetry of Walt Whitman, Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, and Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Our belief, however, is that it is crucial for readers to meet with writers in order to gain a deeper understanding of the process of writing. Therefore, we not only conduct our own seminars with writers whose works we are reading, but we enlist writers in the City to participate in our authorship series.
Our Authorship Series has also taken us to On and Off Broadway productions to discuss theater performances with the cast, director, stage managers and set designers. In 2008 the fall and spring semesters discussed productions with the cast & crew of Hair,West Side Story and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
In the past few years, we have met with the following authors to discuss their work:
- Chiu, Christina. Troublemaker and Other Saints
- Diaz, Junot. Drown
- Egan, Moira. Cleave
- O’Neill, Joseph. Netherland
- Jacob, Mira. “Girl.”
- Senna, Danzy. Caucasia
- Senna, Danzy. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
- Seshdri, Vijay The Long Meadow.
- Stringer, Lee. Grand Central Winter