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 module is for you. 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.
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Ever wondered about the psychology of literature or stories? Or how a certain narrative might change our attitude or perspective?
This free course, What happens to you when you read? explores our relationship with books and the ways in which engaging with fiction in particular can change readers.
Research shows that as well as providing us with a form of entertainment, the activity of reading can bring benefits to our wellbeing in challenging times. People have experienced and explored these benefits throughout history.
A good story can entertain us, develop our creativity and imagination, and transport us to different fictional worlds, but it can change us psychologically as well.
As you work your way through this course, you will have the chance to participate in both reading and writing activities and experience for yourself what happens to you when you read.
The society Chaucer wrote about is changed beyond recognition, yet ordinary English men and women emerge with greater vitality in his brilliant narratives than in the writings of many more recent poets. Owen Gunnell introduces his life and work.
Inspired by The Things We Forgot To Remember, Chris Williams and Esther McCallum-Stewart explore the gap between what non-specialists think are historical facts, and what academic historians think they know about their subject.