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Course Description

Master short-story teller Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is best known as the screenwriting talent behind many Merchant Ivory films, among them sumptuous, Oscar-winning adaptations of E. M. Forster's work. The author of a dozen novels and twice as many screenplays—she’s the only person to have won both the Booker Prize (for her eighth and best-known novel, Heat and Dust) and an Academy Award (twice, for best adapted screenplay)—Jhabvala’s early works are portraits of the social mores, idealism, and chaos of the early decades of independent India. Pulitzer Prize-winning storyteller Jhumpa Lahiri is also a Booker nominee. She and her Bengali-Indian family moved to the United States when she was two; Lahiri considers herself an American and has said, "I wasn't born here, but I might as well have been.” Lahiri’s storytelling chronicles the nuances and details of immigrant psychology and behavior. Class participation is key.   Facilitated DiscussionActive ParticipationViewing Videos
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