Half Forgotten Lands 2

Ref: C2422794

We will study an often neglected literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, which is that of Eastern and Central Europe. Our novels will range from the period after the Great War to the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, revealing the struggle for identity, the struggle to exist as a people or race and the role in which memory and the mythologizing and of memory makes a fetish of the past.

Course aim

This course will explore the voices of novelists and poets from Eastern and Central Europe. We will discover those elements of loss both personal and historical, which inform these authors’ works.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • You will be able to describe how each text comments reflects on the political shaping of nations and indentities.
  • You will be able to outline how the struggle for personal identity and freedom occupies many of the texts.
  • You will be able to trace the philosophy underlying much later twentieth century literature.
  • You will be in a position to advance further into your study of similar European literature.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pre-course reading of the following texts is required; For Two Thousand Years - Mihail Sebastian. Katalin Street - Magda Szabo. The Physics of Sorrow - Georgi Gospodinov. Death in Danzig Stefan Chwin. Selected Poems of Iona Craciunescu & Imre Oravecz (provided to students.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Half Forgotten Lands 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:

  • 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 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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