Literature: People, Places and Spaces in the Novel

Ref: C3843943

This course will explore the influence and the significance of a sense of place and space within the selected works. We will also examine the historical and cultural concerns of the period and how these influence both character and behaviour. Novels to be discussed will include F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's The Leopard, Michael Cunningham's The Hours and Junichiro Tanizaki's Some Prefer Nettles.

Course aim

To examine and discuss the relationship of places and spaces on character and explore different historical and cultural contexts in the novel.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for learners who have a love of literature and enjoy group discussion and critical debate.

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

  • Comment upon the major concerns of authors discussed.
  • Place texts in their historical and cultural context.
  • Comment upon the significance of setting and space in the novel and the influence on character and behaviour.

How will I be taught?

  • Group discussion, critical debate and reflection of texts studied is the main emphasis of the class. Reading the required texts is expected and learner supplementary information relevant to the course is always welcome and appreciated.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Midpoint and end of course discussion and feedback.

What else do I need to know?

  • Books as required by the class reading schedule

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Reading of books on the course schedule is expected.

What can I do next?

  • Attend further WEA course Undertake FE programme of study

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Literature: People, Places and Spaces in the Novel

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