The Novels of Julian Barnes

Ref: C3741136

The course will introduce you to Julian Barnes and his writing with some biographical details. We will then consider a selection of his novels in detail, and some of his non-fiction.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the life and work of Julian Barnes, focusing on a number of his novels

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is for those interested in the writings of Julian Barnes from 1980 to the present day

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

  • Describe some important aspects of the author's life
  • Contribute to a reading and discussion of selected novels
  • Carry out some research and discussion of the author's non-fiction
  • Assess the author's contribution to English literature

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
  • You will be expected to have read the selected novels

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?

  • Metroland (1980) A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters (1989) Arthur and George (2005) The Sense of an Ending (2011) The Noise of Time (2016)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The selected novels will need to be read in advance of the sessions and will be discussed in the order shown above

What can I do next?

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The Novels of Julian Barnes Course Outline

Conditions

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
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