A resource for reading about, teaching, and discussing the novel as an artistic and cultural form.
Season Two: The Novel Now
Hosted by: Nicholas Dames
What value does the novel, a centuries-old technology, still hold for readers? In this five-part series, you’ll hear from novelists, scholars, and medical doctors about why we still read, write, and love novels in the 21st century.
How can reading novels affect the way doctors and patients communicate?
How do novels help us see the present in a broader historical perspective?
How can novels expand our understanding of sex and intimacy in the digital age?
How does reading novels affect our understanding of the power dynamics that shape our lives?
How do novels provoke readers to wrestle with complex, even dangerous ideas?
What are some of the most notable novels published in the 21st century, and how do they reimagine what novels do?
“We could desperately use a clear-eyed assessment of the messy, complicated country that ruled much of the world not so long ago.”