Literature - The Outside and The Other

Ref: C2342926

We will investigate and discuss the role of authors, readers and fictional characters as insiders, outsiders and 'the Other'. When readers enagage as 'outsiders' with works from outside familiar literary traditions, how does it influence their understanding and interpretation of the work? When authors write, what is the audience they seek to address, and how do both authors and readers navigate any gaps in these conceptions? Alongside this, we'll investigate and discuss questions of representation – of how authors and readers, and insiders and outsiders, are influenced in their depictions and perceptions of 'the Other', and how authors themselves seek to address these questions. We will explore all these questions through discussion of a varied selection of works of fiction from around the world.

Course aim

Exploring a variety of works of world literature, this course aims to allow us to consciously consider our role as readers, and our relationship – as insiders, outsiders, and others – to works of fiction and their authors.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify, describe and discuss different roles and perspectives adopted by readers in relation to works of fiction.
  • Identify, describe and discuss different types of audience for which authors write.
  • Identify, describe and discuss varied relationships between different authors and audiences.
  • Confidently consider and discuss questions of representation in works of fiction.
  • Engage rewardingly with works of fiction from a variety of different literary traditions.

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
  • Learning will be primarily through in-class discussion of readings made 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Primarily discussion-based, we'll seek to examine our own opinions and those of others with reference to the viewpoints encountered in our readings.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A short list of recommended readings will be supplied in advance; other texts will be supplied as extracts for further reading.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-reading of texts on the reading list is recommended.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Literature - The Outside and The Other

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  • 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 2019
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