Crossing Borders: Immigrants, Exiles and Sojourners in the Modern Novel - Part 1

Ref: C3744444

This course will explore five of the best modern novels about the complexities of moving into new cultures; about adaption to change, the idea of the journey as metaphor, escape, physical ordeal or psychological odyssey; the meanings of nostalgia and home; conflicts between tradition and modernity and the cultural and psychological consequences of border crossings and the interconnections of culture and sense of self. Novels will include Colm Toibin's ‘Brooklyn', the story of a woman's terrible choice, set 1950s Ireland and New York; Juno Diaz’s 'Brief -Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao', telling of Oscar’s uproarious family journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back. Also ’Broken Glass Park', Alina Brodsky's story of 17-year-old street-wise Sascha, living in Berlin's Russian ghetto, where since her mother’s murder, she is an orphan.

Course aim

This course will explore five of the best novels about the experiences of emigrants, exiles and sojourners, a subject which has inspired a number of recent and contemporary novels and much theoretical debate about cultural identity and place.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No skills just an interest in reading and discussing literature

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

  • Be familiar with the five novels studied and how they relate to the main themes of the course
  • To have an understanding of the social background of each book
  • To become familiar with historical and cultural background of each book
  • To be able to compare and contrast the five novels' differing treatment of the theme of exile
  • To be familiar with the the five authors differing styles

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Copies of the five books are needed. Book list will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is helpful to read each novel before the class.

What can I do next?

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

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Crossing Borders: Immigrants, Exiles and Sojourners in the Modern Novel - Part 1

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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