Migration and mobility in contemporary fiction
Time: 19:45 - 21:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT255
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online literature course explores a selection of recent fiction that has responded to contemporary experiences of migration and mobility from different perspectives. We will discover how this theme plays out in different geographical and social contexts, and discuss how the forms and techniques of contemporary fiction have adapted to the reality of an interconnected and mobile world.
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?
We will encounter characters and stories that span a range of different locations, journeys, and generations. We will explore how novels build narratives around experiences of migration, and also take a more detailed look at selected passages in order to uncover the techniques of language and style that they deploy.
The texts we will cover are):
Teju Cole, Open City (2011)
Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire (2017)
Mohsin Hamid, Exit West (2017)
Hoda Barakat, Voices of the Lost (2017, English translation 2021).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify and discuss prominent themes related to migration and mobility as they have appeared in recent fiction.
Understand some of the techniques that writers of fiction have used to respond to these themes.
Read texts closely in an imaginative and exploratory way.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No particular skills or experience are required – you just need an enthusiasm for reading and thinking about fiction, and a willingness to discuss your ideas with the group. You will need to be willing to discuss some challenging and controversial topics with other participants in a sensitive and respectful way.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessions will involve a combination of short tutor presentations, group discussion, and close reading exercises. You will be asked to read the set texts in advance of the sessions, at a rate of around 125-150 pages per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to obtain copies of the set texts:
Teju Cole, Open City (Faber)
Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire (Bloomsbury)
Mohsin Hamid, Exit West (Penguin)
Hoda Barakat, Voices of the Lost, translated by Marilyn Booth (Oneworld).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please look for other Fiction courses under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk.
Laurie McRae Andrew has previously taught at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he also completed his PhD. He is currently at work on a book about geography in David Foster Wallace’s novels. He specialises in contemporary fiction, and is especially interested in the relationships between literature, human geography, and the natural world.
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.