Nobel Prize Winning writers

Ref: C2225447

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of Nobel Prize winning writers of different nationalities from 1920 to the present day. The course will explore key novels by writers including Knut Hamsun, Boris Pasternak, Heinrich Boll, Jose Saramago, and Svetlana Alexievich. We will consider the different narratives and contexts of these writers and establish what makes their respective literary styles so groundbreaking.

Course aim

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of Nobel Prize winning writers of different nationalities from 1920 to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical contexts that inform the novels
  • Identify key themes and narratives styles in the texts
  • Develop an awareness of the writers' lives and their other literary works

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
  • Complete the reading list in advance of each session

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A copy of the set texts

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre reading the set texts will be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Nobel Prize Winning writers

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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