Great Reads from Around the World 2

Ref: C2419958

Different languages, cultures and traditions underpin our selection of fiction from across the world. In narratives drawn from the 20th and 21st centuries, we focus on works which have been prizewinners and whose reputations have crossed international boundaries. From historical and postcolonial concerns to political and social issues, we inspect changes in the development of narrative forms and techniques in a variety of their original contexts. Included in the course are novels by Vladimir Nabokov, Nadine Gordimer, Perez Galdos and Muriel Spark, and we discuss the importance of their themes and approaches to fiction, still relevant for us in 2019.

Course aim

In fiction ranging from Russia to South Africa and Nigeria, we examine distinguished and stimulating examples of narrative, and analyse common themes, techniques and concerns.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • identify significant topics, themes and ideas in the chosen texts
  • distinguish some of the national and cultural characteristics in those texts
  • appreciate the range of narrative forms, styles and techniques employed

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Reading the texts in advance of meetings is recommended, and background research will also be useful.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Great Reads from Around the World 2


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