Fiction: Set in Moscow, before, during and after the Russian Revolution

Ref: C3671435

Fiction: Set in Moscow: before, during and after the Russian Revolution of October 1917. Read and discuss works of fiction by award winning contemporary writers: The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald (published1988, republished 2014) A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (paperback to be published August 2017) Snowdrops by A. D. Miller (published 2011)

Course aim

To read, analyse and discuss three works of fiction set in Moscow: one before, one during and one after the Russian Revolution of October 1917.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • All students interested in discussing literature are welcome.

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical/social/cultural background of the 3 novels.
  • Compare the use of setting and characterisation in fiction.
  • Examine and evaluate plot development in fiction.
  • Identify a variety of narrative techniques used by writers of fiction.
  • Compare and contrast styles of writing of prose fiction.

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
  • Students are encouraged to undertake independent background research, which will enhance their own learning and that of other members of the class.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Students should purchase or borrow copies of the three novels, which will be read in this order: The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (p/back pubd. August/17) Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre reading is helpful, but each novel will be divided into three sections, then each section discussed separately, following a schedule provided by the tutor.

What can I do next?

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Fiction: Set in Moscow, before, during and after the Russian Revolution Course Outline

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Conditions

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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
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