Great Reads from Around the World 2

Ref: C2419096

Different languages, cultures and traditions underpin our selection of fiction from across the world. In narratives drawn from the 20th and 21st centuries, we focus on works which have been prizewinners and whose reputations have crossed international boundaries. From historical and postcolonial concerns to political and social issues, we examine changes in the development of narrative forms and techniques in a variety of their original contexts. Included on the course are novels by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Tan Twan Eng and Umberto Eco, and we discuss the importance of their themes and approaches to fiction, still relevant for us in 2018.

Course aim

In fiction ranging from Kenya to Columbia and Malaysia, we examine distinguished and stimulating examples of narrative, and trace out common themes and concerns.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • distinguish some of the national and cultural characteristics in the chosen texts
  • identify significant topics, themes and ideas in the texts
  • appreciate the range of narrative forms and techniques employed

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Great Reads from Around the World 2


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