Selected Fiction from 1901: Doyle, Kipling, Conrad, Wells & Burnett

Ref: C3533080

Over our ten sessions we'll be discussing, in turn, five novels and a short story, starting with Conan Doyle's 'Hound of The Baskervilles'. First published in serial form in 1901, and arguably his most famous Sherlock Holmes story. Following that we turn to a representation of Anglo-India, with Rudyard Kipling's 'Kim'. There will be another kind of journey when we discuss 'The First Men in The Moon', by HG Wells. We return to Britain for two short novels by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 'The Making of a Marchioness' and 'The Methods of Lady Walderhurst', and we finish with a short story by Joseph Conrad, 'Amy Foster'. Please read the first nine chapters of Conan Doyle's The Hound of The Baskerville's for discussion at the first session.

Course aim

To consider a range of fiction published in 1901, and consider how the writing reflects the period.

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:

  • Share your thoughts and ideas about what you have read.
  • Identify themes within the individual texts, and examine the effects they create on twentyfirst century readers.
  • Identify significant topics, issues and ideas in the text, and speculate about the degree to which they are challenging society.
  • Consider the ways we 'value' fiction, and whether the identification of a writer as belonging to a genre restricts our ability to recognise literary merit.
  • Assess the impact of language and ideas that reflect the imperialistic and colonial ideas of the period, and discuss how and why we should, or should not, be reading them today.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Unabridged copies of: 'The Hound of The Baskervilles', AC Doyle - Please read first 9 chapters for 1st session 'Kim', R Kipling 'The First Men in The Moon', HG Wells 'The Making of a Marchioness' & 'The Methods of Lady Walderhurst' by FH Burnett Conrad's 'Amy Foster' will be available on Canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Selected Fiction from 1901: Doyle, Kipling, Conrad, Wells & Burnett

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