How to Read a Novel

Alex Lawrie, The University of Edinburgh

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What makes a great novel? How is a novel woven together? How can we best appreciate works of fiction?

Answer these questions and more with this course from The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

On the course you’ll discover four of the main building blocks of modern fiction: plot, characterisation, dialogue, and setting using examples from a range of texts including the four novels shortlisted for the 2018 James Tait Black fiction prize. You’ll also explore the formal strategies authors use, how they came to be, and how they affect us as readers.

This course is for anyone who enjoys reading. You don’t need any past experience.

Image: Reading - Sam Greenhalgh CC BY 2.0

Dates:
  • 22 July 2019
  • 7 January 2019
  • 23 July 2018
  • 8 January 2018
  • 24 July 2017
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  • Language: English Gb

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