Literature: 'Northern Lights': Exploring the Work of Scandinavian Authors

Ref: C3840612

This course will explore a range of work by Scandinavian authors, including, novels, short stories and drama, written between 1888 and 2003 which will examine the cultural, historical and social concerns of the periods in which they were written. Authors and work will include, Per Petterson's Out Stealing Horses, Arto Paasilinna's The Year of the Hare, Knut Hamsun's Hunger, Isak Dinesen's Babette's Feast and August Strindberg's Miss Julie.

Course aim

To examine and identify the concerns of a varied selection of work by Scandinavian authors

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • For learners who have a love of literature and enjoy group discussion and critical debate.

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

  • Compare various themes and issues between authors and their work
  • Comment on the major concerns of authors discussed
  • Place texts in their social, political and historical context
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a range of Scandinavian authors

How will I be taught?

  • Group discussion, critical debate and reflection of texts studied is the main emphasis of the class. Reading the required texts is expected and learner supplementary information relevant to the course is always welcome and appreciated.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Feedback on Individual Learning Plan and Mid point discussion.

What else do I need to know?

  • Books as required by class schedule.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Reading of the specific course list is expected, although some handouts will be provided.

What can I do next?

  • Attend further WEA courses Undertake FE programmes of study.

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