World Fiction: hidden treasures

Course Dates: 15/09/21 - 24/11/21
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Online
Freshly translated or newly rediscovered gems of international writing from the second half of the 20th century include Faces by Tove Ditlevsen (Denmark), Iron Earth, Copper Sky by Yashar Kemal (Turkey), Ferdinand, the Man with the Kind Heart by Irmgard Keun (Germany), Contemp by by Alberto Moravia (Italy) and Feet in Chains by Kate Roberts (Wales).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLT16

Started Wed, day, 15 Sep - 24 Nov '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

You will read, analyse and discuss and read and discuss these 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.

Biographical details:
Aamer Hussein is a well-known short story writer, novelist, and essayist He has held professorial posts at the
universities of London and Southampton, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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.

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

-Analyse the texts with greater confidence.
-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.
You will be asked to read the relevant text before each session.

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

You will need to buy or borrow:
Faces by Tove Ditlevsen
Iron Earth, Copper Sky by Yashar Kemal,
Ferdinand, the Man with the Kind Heart by Irmgard Keun,
Contemp by by Alberto Moravia
Feet in Chains by Kate Roberts.

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

Look for other fiction/Literature courses under History, Culture and Writing/literature/fiction at

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.