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Modern and Contemporary Authors

The class will be reading and discussing The Underground Railroad, a novel by Colson Whitehead, published in August 2016 by Doubleday, ISBN 978-0-385-54236-4.

This 2016 National Book Award winner chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, she encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey — hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. Whitehead says his core inspiration was “What if the underground railroad was a literal railroad? And what if each state, as a runaway slave was going north, was a different state of American possibility, an alternative America?”

July 11: Pages 1-70 (Ajarry & Georgia) This is a morning seminar.

Aug 1: Pages 71-140 (Ridgeway, South Carolina & Stevens)

Aug 15: Pages 141-228 (North Carolina, Ethel & Tennessee)

Aug 24: Pages 229-306 (Caesar, Indiana, Mabel & The North)

Course Number: OSHR-70131   Credit: 0 units


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07/11/2017 - 08/24/2017 In-class 125107 $0.00  

Day and Time: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 128, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla