ENGL-UA 995 | CLS LAB | Prof. Boggs

The purpose of this two (2) credit course is to bridge scholarly inquiry and professional training by providing students with an intensive introduction to the world of contemporary literature: its writers, its communities, and its professional organizations and institutions. It is built around the English Department’s Contemporary Literature Series (CLS), which brings noted authors who are on course syllabi that semester to the NYU campus (see By facilitating student contact with authors , literary arts administrators, and others working in and on literary communities in New York City, CLS Lab prepares students to translate their interests and skills as English majors into the intellectual and professional contexts of the literary world in New York City and beyond. This semester’s Lab will focus on the life and work of James Baldwin, and contemporary authors and artists writing about and/or influenced by him. The class will meet bi-weekly on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. and one of these meetings will be a field-trip. This course is open to all English majors and minors and the prerequisite is “ENGL-UA 200 Introduction to the Study of Literature” (formerly called “Literary Interpretation”). If you are interested in taking this course, please submit one paragraph about your interest in contemporary literature and/or James Baldwin HERE:

As there are limited spots in this course, please submit your paragraph as soon as possible. For more information about CLS Lab you can attend Prof. Boggs’ office hours, Thursdays from 2 to 4:30 pm.