Writers of the New Yorker
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT245
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online literature course will delve into the writing of three women, Maeve Brennan, Lillian Ross, and Janet Malcolm, who wrote for the celebrated New Yorker magazine. We will read across their diverse writing, firstly reading Brennan’s columns about life in New York penned under the name ‘The Long-Winded Lady. We then look at Malcolm’s celebrated piece on the life of Sylvia Plath, and her infamous piece on the ethics of journalism in The Journalist and the Murderer. Finally, we read Ross’s study on the production of John Huston’s adaptation of the Red Badge of Courage, published in a book entitled Picture.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will discuss the life of each of these writers, as well as exploring various themes of their work. More generally, we will also think about wider issues of writing, style, and subject, as well as considering style of the New Yorker writer, and the legacies of the magazine.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Discuss a variety of texts in detail
Discuss the writing of the New Yorker
Feel confident when talking about the three writers
Feel confident when talking about nonfiction writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to anyone who is interested in reading and discussing in detail.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each session will begin with an introductory lecture followed by group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students may want to buy copies of the following books:(The tutor will provide extracts from these three titles.)
Maeve Brennan, The Long Winded Lady (2016)
Janet Malcolm, The Journalist and the Murderer (2018)
Lillian Ross, Picture (2019).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other literature courses on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture and writing/literature.
Katie Da Cunha Lewin is a teacher and researcher based in London. She has a PhD in literature, focusing on the novels of J.M. Coetzee and Don DeLillo. She is the co-editor of Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives published by Bloomsbury and recently wrote an entry on Don DeLillo for the Dictionary of Literary Biography. In addition to teaching at City Lit, Katie teaches courses on literature, theory and film at the University of Sussex, Bishopsgate, the IF Project and at Picturehouse Cinemas.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.