Crossing Borders: Immigrants, Exiles and Sojourners in the Modern Novel - Part 2

Ref: C3744446

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 The Leavers by Lisa Ko: set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging and a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away; Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah, moves from revolutionary Zanzibar in the 1960s to restless London in the 1990s and is is a powerful story of exile, migration and betrayal; and one of the great contemporary European writers takes on Europe's biggest issue, Jenny Erpenbeck’s novel on immigration.

Course aim

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

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • 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 relevance of each book
  • To become familiar with the historical and cultural background to each book
  • To be able to compare and contrast the five novels' 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Copies of the five novels will be needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Reading each novel prior to the class is helpful

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 2

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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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