Two Postcolonial Novels: "The God of Small Things" and "Age of Iron" | Newberry

Two Postcolonial Novels: "The God of Small Things" and "Age of Iron"

Led by Laura MacKay Hansen. 7 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Wednesdays, June 13 - August 1 (class will not meet on July 4)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar has been cancelled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $245
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $269.5

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

This seven-week course will look at two twentieth-century novels—The God of Small Things by Booker Prize-winning Indian writer Arundhati Roy and Age of Iron by Nobel-prize winning South African author J.M. Coetzee—in order to consider how colonization and its effects have played a role in the way that people and nations are defined and define themselves. We will discuss what happens when different cultures come into contact and interact in ways that are both violent and intimate. Seven sessions.

Laura MacKay Hansen holds a PhD in English and American literature from New York University and has taught at New York University, Brooklyn College, Beloit College, and North Park University.

Materials List


  • Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things. Harper Collins, 1997. ISBN#: 978-0060977498
  • J.M. Coetzee, Age of Iron. Penguin, 1990. ISBN#: 978-0394588599

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.