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Open University: Telling stories – the novel and beyond
Sat 3 Oct 2020 to Thu 3 Jun 2021
How have writers chosen to tell their stories, and why? What techniques do they use to make us believe in the reality of the worlds they create? If you’re interested in finding out in depth about how literature works this one year OU module is for you. Apply by 10th September.

You'll read gripping stories from across literary history, from Shakespeare to science fiction, from Thomas Hardy to Arundhati Roy, with a particular focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels. This will develop your understanding of key techniques and devices used by writers, as you investigate the historical contexts behind their work and discover new ways of understanding literature.

There are two parts to the module, one devoted to realism, the other to fantasy.

You'll receive two module books to guide your study and a wealth of online material, including interviews with leading critics and videos of settings used by some of the authors.

You'll have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. 

Dates: 3 October 2020 - 3 June 2021
Location: Online
Cost: £3096

Registration closes 10 September 2020.

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