The Modern Novel: An Online Course with Prof. Mary Gordon


The Modern Novel: An Online Course with Prof. Mary Gordon


Because of the tremendous response to this course, we are now featuring an alternative version of The Modern Novel to registrants, in which registrants will read the texts, watch the recorded lectures, and participate in the live webinars, but will not submit journals to Professor Gordon.  P
lease contact Alumnae Affairs at (212) 854-2005 or with any questions or concerns.

Join bestselling author and Barnard professor in English and Writing Mary Gordon, for a shocking exploration of sex, death, money, love, marriage, and terrorism through the modern novel.

Participants will be reading and studying five novels which have been of great importance in the history of the form: Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent, followed by Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier, moving to E.M. Forster’s Howards End, then on to James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, ending with Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

These novels are products of a High Modernist sensibility, which is to say that they are vitally concerned with exploring both the nature of consciousness and the implications of the novel form. Written nearly or sometimes more than a hundred years ago, these great novels still have the shocking power to reveal to us, in the words of Joseph Conrad, “that glimpse of truth for which we have forgotten to ask.”

COST: $250 per participant

Each month participants will view two taped lectures at their convenience followed by a live, interactive webinar with Professor Gordon.  In this version of the course, participants will not be submitting journal entries.

Webinars – 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET
· September 24th
· October 24th
· November 19th
· December 17th
· January 28th

Book Editions & Publishers
The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad (Penguin)
The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford (Vintage)
Howard’s End - E.M. Forster (Random House)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce (Penguin)
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich)

Please register by clicking on the Registration button above, or by contacting Alumnae Affairs at (212) 854-2005 or

Mary Gordon, Millicent C. McIntosh Professor in English and Writing, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1988. Professor Gordon is the author of four bestselling novels. She has also published a book of novellas, a collection of stories, and a book of essays. In 2007, Professor Gordon published the critically acclaimed memoir Circling My Mother. Professor Gordon has received a Lila Acheson Wallace Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007.

Contact Information
Alumnae Affairs
Date & Location
Date: 9/9/2012 to 1/28/2013
Location: Online