French and Russian short stories

Course Dates: 03/11/22 - 08/12/22
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
This class explores classic short stories from 19th century French and Russian literature, discussing literary style, themes, and contexts as a way of developing and sharing responses to celebrated European writing. Among the French writers examined will be Balzac, Flaubert, and Maupassant, with our Russians including Gogol, Turgenev, and Chekhov.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00

Course Code: HLT248

Thu, eve, 03 Nov - 08 Dec '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This literature course offers a rich encounter with shorter works of 19th century French and Russian literature. It treats classic texts in detail and allows students to study a range of political, cultural, and literary contexts and their role in shaping the work of various writers from the canon of 19th century European literature.

What will we cover?

Focusing on works by major authors, the course will cover several interrelated topics in the context of 19th century French and Russian literary culture to investigate their role in shaping the contours of European literature. Among the writers examined will be Balzac, Flaubert, Maupassant, Gogol, Turgenev, and Chekhov.

Links to electronic copies of the texts will be provided by the tutor ahead of each session. All texts are also available in paperback through established publishers such as Penguin, Oxford and Norton.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Students will develop their general literary, historical, and critical knowledge of European writing and culture through varied reading on 19th century French and Russian literature.

• Students will develop understanding of specific 19th century French and Russian texts and authors in detail, and the relationship between the two cultures, acquiring a knowledge of specific literary, historical, philosophical, and political contexts for nineteenth century French and Russian literature.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge or experience of literature is necessary. However, learners will, ideally, need the following
skills and attributes:
- An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
- A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class. You will be expected to read the selected texts for each session.
- An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The class will be held in 90-minute sessions over six weeks. The first half hour will be an interactive lecture on the text, writer, themes and contexts. The remaining hour will be a round table and small group discussion of the texts in detail.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Bring a pen and paper for notetaking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The tutor will be teaching HLT62 Great Essayists: humourists, firebrands and provocateurs and HLT205 What's the Big Idea?: classic and contemporary short stories, both in term two (Jan-April 2023)
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Richard Niland

Richard Niland has published widely on Joseph Conrad and a range of other 19th and 20th century writers. He taught for many years at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is interested in the various intersections of literature, culture, politics, music and film in different global contexts.

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