Contemporary British and International Fiction
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now started
Course Code: HLT17
Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will be looking at novels that range from troubled political histories to deeply moving and complex explorations of personal relationships, to show how some highly accomplished writers from different parts of the English speaking world are handling different genres with skill and vitality.
What will we cover?
A brief and careful selection of some outstanding contemporary novels from Britain and abroad include Ruth Padel’s Daughters of the Labyrinth, an exploration of the fate of Crete’s Jewish community through the eyes of a contemporary British painter; Mayflies, Andrew O’Hagan’s story of a long friendship; Waterline, Ross Raisin’s moving Glasgow-based chronicle of a long marriage, and two outstanding Booker-shortlisted works from South Africa and Sri Lanka respectively - Karen Jenning’s An Island and Anuk Arudpragasam’s A Passage North.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Discuss and analyse some trends in contemporary English language fiction by established and emerging writers, with confidence, from a literary perspective.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone interested in fiction in general, and in discovering works of contemporary fiction from the anglophone world in particular.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The first session will introduce books and their authors to the class. Brief opening lectures on each book will be followed by large group discussions with relevant questions and interventions from the tutor. In the final session we will have a chance to evaluate all the works studied.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring copies of:
Daughters of the Labyrinth by Ruth Padel (Corsair)
Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan (Faber)
Waterline by Ross Raisin (Penguin)
An Island by Karen Jennings (Holland House)
A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam (Granta).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see other fiction courses on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk/courses under history, culture and writing/literature/fiction.