Phoenix Rising: Novels for the Future

These five novels show changes in this genre and how the writers of the novel are challenged by the idea of keeping the novel new and making it relevant to the modern reader. The accepted ideas about the novel and the relationship between the writer, the book and the reader will be discussed. The following five novels have been selected for study.

Course Tutor
Allison Halliday

Supplied Course Material
Robert Dessaix, The Night Letters
Seamus Deane, Reading in the Dark
Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot
Janet Evanovich, Two for the Dough
Bernard Schlink, The Reader
Course Booklet

Units & Pricing
5 units / $68 per person

Course Code for Enrolment

Getting Started
1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. There are many existing groups that welcome new members. If you wish to start a new group to suit your situation WEA can help you, please note that a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
2. Arrange the meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

How to Enrol
1. First check the availability of your selection by contacting WEA Sydney. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices).
2. Indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.
3. Download and fill out a copy of the WEA Sydney Discussion Group Program Enrolment Form and send it to the Discussion Group Co-ordinator to enrol.

Please note that additional postage (Cash on Delivery) for receiving course material will be required.