Hidden Treasures: stories from everywhere

Course Dates: 12/01/22 - 23/03/22
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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You will read, analyse and discuss carefully selected treasures of international fiction, several of them freshly translated, from the second half of the 20th century, including a moving study of urban life from Denmarks’ Tove Ditlevsen, an Anatolian saga from Turkey’s Yashar Kemal, a satirical study of postwar Germany by Irmgard Keun, a portrait of a modern marriage by Italy’s Alberto Moravia, and a classic tale of life in a Welsh mining village by Kate Roberts.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00

Course Code: HLT160

Wed, day, 12 Jan - 23 Mar '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

You will read, analyse and discuss carefully selected treasures of international fiction, several of them freshly translated, from the second half of the 20th century, including a moving study of urban life from Denmarks’ Tove Ditlevsen, an Anatolian saga from Turkey’s Yashar Kemal, a satirical study of postwar Germany by Irmgard Keun, a portrait of a modern marriage by Italy’s Alberto Moravia, and a classic tale of life in a Welsh mining village by Kate Roberts.

What will we cover?

You will read outstanding fictions in translation from several countries, most of them recently rediscovered, ranging from complex stories of urban ennui to stories of rural life.
Titles:
Faces by Tove Ditlevsen translated by Tiina Nunnally Penguin Modern Classic 2021
Iron Earth, Copper Sky by Yashar Kemal translated by Thilde KemalHarvill 2015
Ferdinand, the Man with the Kind Heart by Irmgard Keun translated by Michael Hofman Penguin Modern Classics 2015
Contempt by by Alberto Moravia translated by Tim Parks NYRB Books 1999
Feet in Chains by Kate Roberts translated by Katie Gramisch Parthian Books 2012.

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

Discuss a variety of genres from the 50s and 80s from Europe and Turkey, from a period which produced many prominent writers and enduring works of fiction.

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

Anyone with an interest in 20th century fiction with a cosmopolitan sweep is welcome. You will need an enthusiasm
for reading and discussing a range of texts in a group. You will be willing and able to read and prepare outside
the class. You will be interested in listening to, and learning from, the responses of other students to the works
discussed. You will have a commitment to developing your analytical skills.

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

There will be a mixture of tutor input and class discussion. The first session will be an introduction to the texts.

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

Please buy or borrow the following titles:
Faces by Tove Ditlevsen translated by Tiina Nunnally Penguin Modern Classic 2021
Iron Earth, Copper Sky by Yashar Kemal translated by Thilde KemalHarvill 2015
Ferdinand, the Man with the Kind Heart by Irmgard Keun translated by Michael Hofman Penguin Modern Classics 2015
Contempt by by Alberto Moravia translated by Tim Parks NYRB Books 1999
Feet in Chains by Kate Roberts translated by Katie Gramisch Parthian Books 2012.

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

Please see other literature courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture & writing/courses under History, Culture and Writing/literature/fiction.

Aamer Hussein

Aamer Hussein is a literature lecturer at City Lit and until recently, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton. His first collection of stories, Mirror to the Sun, was published in 1993. He has since authored five collections of short fiction, most recently Insomnia (2007) and 37 Bridges (2014), and two novels, Another Gulmohar Tree (2009) and The Cloud Messenger (2011), both nominated for prizes. Hussein travels frequently to Pakistan and also writes in Urdu. He is a senior editor of the journal Critical Muslim, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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