Course Description

The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, best-selling-author Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary writers. While relating an apparently straightforward autobiographical tale, his first-person narrators bring us to confront such profound issues as what it means to be a human. In "The Remains of the Day," Stevens is an impeccable English butler late in his career. "Never Let Me Go" presents cloned children raised for the purpose of harvesting their organs to cure diseased adults. "Klara and the Sun" creates a dystopian world much like our own, except in it, genetically enhanced children are given robot Artificial Friends to combat their loneliness. Closely examining the novels helps us appreciate the subtleties of Ishiguro’s deceptively simple style, and his many Internet interviews reveal an impressive generosity of spirit. We will also briefly consider the filmed versions of the first two novels, which students are encouraged to watch on their own. | Facilitated discussion.
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British Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro: From Butlers to Robots
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Sep 17, 2021 to Nov 19, 2021
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Virtual Classroom  
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Please note: Print and Kindle editions of the novels are acceptable. Interested students can watch the delightful "Kazuo Ishiguro Nobel Lecture" on YouTube.

Required reading:

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (9780679731726)

Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun (9780571364886)

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (9781400043392)