What is the course about?
This is not so much a course as a forum for a group of us to share our feelings about and reactions to a selection of contemporary novels. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read Philip Roth's American Pastoral (1997).
What will we cover?
A range of contemporary fiction, written in English. During the session we will discuss the novel in question by considering various aspects such as theme, plot, characters, etc. We will also discuss how successful we think the author has been in the particular work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read books you might not have considered before
- focus on key points when discussing a literary work
- express your opinion clearly.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge or experience of Literature is necessary. However, learners will, ideally, need the following skills and attributes:
An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class. You will be expected to read the selected novel for each session.
An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.
A commitment to acquiring and developing ways of understanding how the writer uses language to achieve effect.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each month, the group will select a novel to be read before the following session, when there will be a group discussion on the merits of the book in question.
Dates of the meetings in 18/19:
- Term 1: 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 23 Nov
- Term 2: 25 Jan, 22 Feb, 22 March
- Term 3: 10 May, 7 June and 5 July.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be expected to obtain a copy of the books to be read. Books selected will always be available in paperback. The first book to be discussed is American Pastoral by Philip Roth.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look up Literature courses in the prospectus under Humanities or on the website under History, Culture and Writing.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details