Led by: William Mottolese
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Meets: Second Thursday of the month, four sessions
Dates: September 14; October 12; November 9; December 14.
Extravagant and elaborately plotted, Midnight’s Children, in typical Salman Rushdie fashion, is a grand and sprawling work that both delights and disturbs. Rushdie’s epic novel was awarded the “Booker of Bookers” in 1993 and 2008, and thirty-five years after its publication, it not only stands as a landmark of Indian and postcolonial literature but is rarely neglected from lists of significant works of global literature of the 20th Century. Revolving around Saleem Sinai and 1000 other “Midnight’s Children” born at the moment of India’s independence (and Partition) on August 15, 1947, Midnight’s Children is an epic of India as both colony and nation, as well as a family saga. Saleem and the other children all possess unusual powers, and Saleem gets entangled with other “Midnight’s Children” and his young nation in a way befitting India’s complex history. We will read through the end of Book One for the first evening of class.
William Mottolese has taught at Fordham University and Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana and is presently Chair of the English Department at Sacred Heart Greenwich. He has published on such subjects as Olaudah Equiano, Laurence Sterne, and James Joyce and is presently at work on projects on Joyce, teaching critical thinking, and the relation of literary modernism to twentieth-century popular music. He also teaches on the faculty of the Center for Fiction in Manhattan where he leads classes on James Joyce, David Foster Wallace, Irish literature, and postcolonial literature. William is an award-winning teacher, published poet, and proud father of three children who love to read and write.
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