Classic Novels short enough to read in a week 2

Ref: C2422686

Each of the first nine sessions will focus on a short novel. The tenth session will be an overview and comparison of all the novels. The novels will be: Lady Susan (Austen); The Lifted Veil (Geogre Eliot); First Love (Turgenev); Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll); The Time Machine (Wells); Metamorphosis (Kafka); Catcher in the Rye (Salinger); The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Mishima); and The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Adams). The texts are in chronological order, from the late 18th century to the late 20th century.

Course aim

To provide the opportunity to read one short classic novel each week and discuss it - a weekly book group with a literary focus.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • You will need to be able to comfortably read a short novel (on average around 100 pages) each week.

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

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of 10 classic texts by major authors
  • Be able to discuss themes, ideas, characters and influences of the texts
  • Acquire new skills of criticism and appreciation
  • Be inspired to read other works by featured authors

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need to acquire copies of the texts. In most cases they are available in free versions on the internet. Links will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Classic Novels short enough to read in a week 2

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

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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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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