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Sunday, June 4, 2017

New York Review of Books Syllabus, Autumn 2017

On this date on Round and Square's History 
27 August 2016—New York Review of Books Syllabus: Autumn 2016
27 August 2016—China's Lunar Calendar 2016 08-27 
27 August 2015—China's Lunar Calendar 2015 08-27
27 August 2015—New York Review of Books Syllabus: Autumn 2015
27 August 2014—China's Lunar Calendar 2014 08-27
27 August 2014—New York Review of Books Syllabus: Autumn 2014
27 August 2013—China's Lunar Calendar 2013 08-27
27 August 2013—Syllabic Cycles: Chinese History and Culture (2013)-b
27 August 2012—The New Yorker and the World: Course Description (f)
27 August 2011—Annals of Ostracism: The Crime of Cephu
[a[ Gates to learning RF

New York Review of Books (NYRB) Syllabus
All Classes
Autumn 2017

Robert André LaFleur                                         Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 206                                             Tuesday      4:00-5:30
363-2005                                                                Thursday    4:00-5:30           
lafleur@beloit.edu                                                 ...or by appointment                              
NYRB and Round and Square readings are due on Tuesdays, and will be a part of both the quiz and class discussion on those days (unless I specifically inform you otherwise).

This semester, we will read the complete issue of 
The New York Review of Books for May 25, 2017
Week One 
(31 August—Thursday This Week)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
Read all front matter (cover, inside-cover advertisement, table of contents, contributors) 

Week Two
(5 September)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
4-6  Fintan O'Toole, "Our Worst Great Playwright"           
            By Women Possessed: A Life of Eugene O'Neill by Arthur Gel and Barbara Gelb

Week Three
(12 September)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
13-15  James Fenton, "The Disasters of War"            
              World War I and American Art (an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts)
              The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War (and exhibition...at Vassar College)
              World War I and America: Told By the Americans Who Lived It edited by A. Scott Berg

Week Four 
(19 September)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
16-17  John Banville, "Life as a Burning House"            
              Night of Fire by Colin Thubron

Week Five  
(26 September)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
20-21  Robert O. Paxton, "A Parliament of Owls"            
              The Enigma of the Owl: An Illustrated Natural History by Mike Unwin and David Tipling
               Owls: A Guide to Every Species in the World by Marianne Taylor

Week Six
(3 October)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
22-23  Darryl Pinckney, "Catching Up to James Baldwin"            
              The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

Week Seven
(10 October)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
24-26  Adam Thirlwell, "Tennis Anyone?"            
              Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue

Week Eleven
(7 November)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading 
34-37  Gordon S. Wood, "The Inventor of the Presidency"            
              George Washington's Journey by T.H. Breen

Week Twelve 
(14 November)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
38-39  Priyamvada Natarajan, "Calculating Women"            
              Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
              The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel
               Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

Week Thirteen
(21 November)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
40-41  Michael Gorra, "Losing the American Tone"            
              The Novels of the 1920s by Edith Wharton

Week Fourteen
(28 November)
Review the "Questions to Ask of Every NYRB Essay" before each week's reading
42-44  Deborah Cohen, "More is More"            
              Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers...by Frank Trentmann
[b] Shepherding the argument RF

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