Reading the World?

Ref: C2224524

This course – Reading the World - refers to three novels: Purple Hibiscus (2003) by Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Foe (1986), by South African J. M. Coetzee; Secret River (2005) by Australian Kate Grenville. Through tutor led group discussion, we shall analyse the novels in terms of narrative structure, characterisation and theme. We shall also discuss the novels with reference to what is sometimes termed postcolonialism; a theory dating back to the late 20th century and associated with, among others, Salman Rushdie and the contributors to the 1989 book The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literature. It should be noted that while only one of the three writers is black, all the novels deal with the effects of colonialism on the colonised.

Course aim

The course comprises the study of three novels in English by writers born outside the United Kingdom.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss postcolonialism
  • Discuss the work of Adichie
  • Discuss the work of Coetzee
  • Discuss the work of Grenville
  • Discuss literary criticism

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A copy of each novel

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Best to have read and made notes on the three novels.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

Download full Course information sheet

Reading the World?


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing