Crossing Boundaries - Novels That Explore the Unusual and Unexpected WEA Sydney

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This course is based on 4 novels all of which move beyond the familiar aspects of literature concerning place, character, ideas and structure to examine those that are disturbing and confronting. They refuse neat categorisation, and the unusual and extraordinary aspects of the selected novels may unsettle and challenge readers but there is also delight in being stimulated and crossing the boundaries of the expected or ‘normal’ novel. Novels studied: All the Light We Cannot See by Antony Doerr, Grief is a Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos by Dominic Smith, An Imaginary Life by David Malouf.

This is a Discussion Group course, if you aren’t already part of a group please see ‘Getting Started’ below.



Course Author: Alison Halliday

Course Code: D241

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

  • All the Light We Cannot See, Antony Doerr
  • Grief is a Thing with Feathers, Max Porter
  • The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos, Dominic Smith
  • An Imaginary Life, David Malouf

Units & Pricing: 7 units / $84 per person



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. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

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.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. 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). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.