What is the course about?
This term’s book is The Fabulous Dead by Andriana Minou (Kernpunkt Press)
This collection of short stories is written by a pianist, writer and one of City Lit’s teachers Andriana Minou. This is her fourth book and one which she describes as ‘un-historical fiction’. Please read the book in advance and come prepared to chat about it.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Biographical discussion about key events in the lives of the composers featured in these stories
- The blurred boundaries between biographical facts and Minou’s ‘un-historical fiction’
- Critical reception of the book (reviews etc…)
- Our personal perceptions of this work
- There will be an opportunity to put questions to the author at the end of this session.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- discuss one or two themes in the book with confidence
- voice opinions with fellow music enthusiasts
- discuss related works (films inspired by the book, or other similar books).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This book club meeting is suitable for absolute beginners. You don’t need to know lots about music to join in. However, we do ask that you read the book (or as much of it as possible) so that you can join in the discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course held via the Google Meets platform.
The single session will comprise combinations of mini-lecture, question-and-answer, guided listening, video and much discussion. The tutor may lead on topics (e.g. presenting a featured work in more detail) which the book club students will then discuss. At all times you are encouraged to present your own opinions and knowledge to the group and join in thoughtful and respectful discussion.
You may wish to enjoy extra reading after this class and suggestions will be listed on Google Classroom afterwards.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone and webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
Please bring your copy of the chosen book to the session so that you can refer to it during discussions.
You may wish to bring a pen/pencil and a folder to keep notes. You may also wish to purchase some of the other music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after the session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Music history book club is scheduled towards the end of each term.To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.