An Introduction to World Literature

Ref: C2339777

Want to discover some of the modern classics of world literature? We will read texts from Japan, China, the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere and look at how we might contextualise and explore the themes of works from outside the established Western literary canon. No books are required and all texts will be read in English.

Course aim

Other People's Stories is for anyone interested in reading stories from a number of different literary traditions around the world and through this will provide a general introduction to the study of world literature.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Show familiarity with key texts from at least two or three world literatures.
  • Approach other works of world literature and engage with them in a satisfying reading experience.
  • Begin to place works of world literature in their literary, cultural, national, historical, and social contexts.
  • Explore and examine the representation of different literary traditions in the world’s literary canon.

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
  • Sessions will take the form of short lectures and group discussions. Students will be expected to read the provided stories and extracts between sessions.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No reading is required before the course begins. Stories and extracts will be provided during each session to be read before the following session.

What can I do next?

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An Introduction to World Literature

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