What is the course about?
Continuing a popular occasional series of courses, we will be reading newly translated or freshly rediscovered works of fiction from Europe and Latin America, several of them published by Penguin Modern Classics, by great writers of the mid-twentieth century.
What will we cover?
Readings include The Beseiged City by Clarice Lispector (Brazil), Malina by Ingeborg Bachman (Austria), Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki (Greece), Springtime in a Broken Mirror by Mario Benedetti (Argentina), The Foolish Virgins by Ida Simon and The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss a wide range of world fiction from the twentieth century
- Evaluate and analyse texts more confidently
- Discuss shared themes and concerns within our studied writers
- Consider ideas of translation and context.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- You will need to be enthusiastic about reading and sharing ideas
- You will need to do the reading and make responsive notes
- You will need to respond to a range of ideas and materials in class
- You will work in a group and in pairs and feedback on your ideas.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught with some mini-introductory lectures, as well as group discussion. You will need to read the books or excerpts in advance of the class and bring some ideas for discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Books as listed in No.2. While you are free to obtain any edition of these texts the lecturer will list the
editions he will be using 6 weeks before the start of the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see other literature courses under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk.