Six Unforgettable Novels

Moderated by Joseph Luzzi

This seminar will feature a mix of classic and contemporary works of fiction that are among the most influential of the past century. Beginning with the groundbreaking writing of Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald and continuing all the way to such major contemporary voices as Julian Barnes and Zadie Smith, we will explore the cultural, historical, and aesthetic issues that make these unforgettable works “tick.” Professor Luzzi will show how these fascinating novels help us understand some of the most pressing concerns today, including questions of personal identity, the role of literature in society, and our need for powerful narratives of all kinds and from all different groups.

Seminar Dates & Times

Thursdays   |   2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST


March 18
April 1, 15, 29
May 13, 27


Session 1 Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925)
Session 2 F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
Session 3 Gabriel Garcia Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
Session 4 Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (1970)
Session 5 Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot (1984)
Session 6 Zadie Smith White Teeth (2000)

Seminar Cost: $450 (tax-deductible portion $225)