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, including The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi (Japan), Sunlight on a Broken Column by Attia Hosain (India/Britain), Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata, The Coffer Dams by Kamala Markandaya (India/Britain), The Island by Ana Maria Matute (Spain), and The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese (Italy).
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 willl read, analyse and discuss these carefully selected treasures of world literature, from the second half of the 20th century, including masterpieces of family chronicle from Japan’s Fumiko Enchi, an encounter tween India and the West from Kamala Markandaya, Ana Maria Matute’s poignant tale of coming of age in Mallorca against a background of political strife, growing up in Mallorca, a haunting story of love from Yasunari Kawabata, and Cesare Pavese’s masterly fictional portrayal of life in Italy during World War II and its aftermath.

Course tutor: Aamer Hussein.

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 from many countries, which range from memories of lost lands and
records of exile and return, to dramatic depictions of family conflicts and complex relationships.

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

-Analyse the texts with greater confidence.
-Create for yourself a framework for the texts you read
-Discuss a variety of genres from Asia, and from the post-WWII period in Europe, which produced many prominent writers.

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:
The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi (Vintage)
Sunlight on a Broken Column by Attia Hosain (Virago).
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata (Penguin Classics)
The Coffer Dams by Kamala Markandaya (Small Axes/Hope Road)
The Island by Ana Maria Matute (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese (Penguin).

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

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