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.