How to read a novel
15 videos created for the ‘How to Read a Novel’ massive open online course (MOOC) are now available for anyone to use and re-use on a CC BY licence.
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.
Using examples from a range of texts including the four novels shortlisted for the 2021 James Tait Black fiction prize, learners discover four of the main building blocks of modern fiction on the course:
- Week 1 (Plot): Alligator & Other Stories by Dima Alzayat
- Week 2 (Characterisation): The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
- Week 3 ( Dialogue): A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
- Week 4 (Setting): Lote by Shola von Reinhold
These videos created by the University of Edinburgh are available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence.
Header Image: Title screen from videos