Transcontinental fictions

Course Dates: 29/04/20 - 15/07/20
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

Contemporary and recent fiction from the Middle East and Asia and has come to the fore in recent years, greatly encouraged by translation prizes such as the Man Booker. The works we will read (in translation) include both prizewinning authors and works that have achieved more quiet critical acclaim, such as Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbag (India), Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Oman), Human Acts by Han Kang (Korea), I Hid My Voice by Parinoush Saniee (Iran) and The Red-Haired Woman by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.

Description

What is the course about?

Contemporary and recent fiction from the Middle East and Asia and has come to the fore in recent years, greatly encouraged by translation prizes such as the Man Booker. We will read and discuss a range of titles.

What will we cover?

The works we will read (in translation) include both prizewinning authors and works that have achieved more quiet critical acclaim, such as Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbag (India), Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Oman), Human Acts by Han Kang (Korea), I Hid My Voice by Parinoush Saniee (Iran) and The Red-Haired Woman by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.

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

- Analyse and discuss contemporary fictions in translation from parts of the emerging world with greater confidence
- Explore these texts with greater contextual understanding.

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

You will need an enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups. You will be willing and able to do some reading and preparation outside the class. You will be interested in listening to, and learning from, the responses of other students to the work 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.

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

You may obtain any edition of the texts listed in No.2. Editions of the texts the lecturer will use will be
listed 6 weeks before the start of the course.

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

Please see literature courses under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk.

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Tutor Biographies
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.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HLT17

Wed, day, 29 Apr - 15 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £88.00

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