Authorises Exam Centre

English Literature & Cultural Understanding

October 2021 - July 2022

The purpose of this unique discussion-based course is twofold: one, it introduces you to, and enables you to discuss novels by major writers; and two, it provides you with regular practice in the skill of translating cultural texts from German into English, thus activating, improving and enriching your knowledge and command of the English language and culture.


20th Century English Romantic Fiction


Each of the novels and short stories that make up this course are stories of the human condition and of the very human responses to it: profound, moving, tolerant, and seldom without humour. The voices you will hear are those of the humanist – one who, to quote the Edwardian writer, E.M. Forster, ‘is seriously committed to human values while refusing to take himself too seriously’.

The course-leader is Philip Moore. You are invited to attend the course from 14.00 - 16.00 on Monday afternoons (new), from 17.15 - 19.15 on Tuesday evenings, or from 16.30 - 18.30 on Friday evenings, beginning on Monday, 18th October 2021, Tuesday 19th October 2021 and Friday 22nd October 2021, respectively. The course ends in July 2022.

When & How much

1 x per week Mon (NEW) 14.00 - 16.00 H 18.10.21 - 25.07.22 730 € / Course
1 x per week Tue 17.15 - 19.15 H 19.10.21 - 26.07.22 730 € / Course
1 x per week Fri 16.30 - 18.30 H 22.10.21 - 29.07.22 730 € / Course


Late registration possible.

Classes are not taking place during school holidays and on public holidays. 

Course details

Small groups

Course-members are asked to read the following titles, which are obtainable as a set from our Reception. They will be discussed in the order given below

The below titles are obtainable at our reception at 83,- € a set. As the size of each group is limited, prompt enrolment is recommended.

The course-leader is Philip Moore.

 

The Painted Veil (1925) by W. Somerset Maugham (Penguin)

 

Kitty Fane is the beautiful but shallow wife of Walter, a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. Unsatisfied by her marriage, she starts an affair with charming, attractive and exciting Charles Townsend. But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange and terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in remote mainland China, where a cholera epidemic rages... 

First published to a storm of protest, The Painted Veil is a classic story of a woman's spiritual awakening.

'Reveals many of Maugham's strengths: an understanding of women, meticulous craftsmanship and raw emotion'
DAILY MAIL

FRENCHMAN’S CREEK (1941) BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER (VIRAGO MODERN CLASSICS)

 

Lady Dona St Columb seems to revel in scandal: she is involved in every intrigue of the Restoration Court. But secretly, the shallowness of Court life disgusts her, and in her heart she longs for freedom and honest love. Retreating to Navron, her husband's Cornish estate, she seeks peace and solitude away from London. But Navron is being used as the base for a French pirate, an outlaw hunted all over Cornwall.

Instead of feeling fear, Dona's thirst for adventure has never been more aroused; in Jean-Benoit Aubéry she finds a sensitive man who would, like her, gamble his life for a moment's joy. Together they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which will force Dona to make the ultimate choice: will she sacrifice her lover to certain death, or risk her own life to save him?

'A tale of emotional and sexual awekening, of loss and risk and compromise... Sophisticated in its exploration of the human heart... a story about what happens when you recognise passion, when you stumble upon a kindred soul'
JULIE MYERSON 

'Fore pure, pulsing romance you can't beat du Maurier's 1941 bestseller, Frenchman's Creek... Irresistible'
DAILY MAIL

QUARTET IN AUTUMN (1977) BY BARBARA PYM (PICADOR CLASSIC)

 

One did not drink sherry before the evening, just as one did not read a novel in the morning.

In 1970s London, Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia work in the same office and suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly and with delightful humour, Pym conduct us trough their day-to-day existence: their preoccupations, their irritations, their judgements, and - perhaps most keenlz felt - their worries about having somehow missed out on life as post-war Britain shifted around them.

Deliciously, blackly funny and full of obstinate optimism, Quartet in Autumn shows Barbara Pym´s sensitive artistry at its most sparkling. A classic from one of Britain´s most loved and highly acclaimed novelists, its world is both extraordinary and familiar, revealing the eccentricities of everyday life.

'An exquisite, even magnificent work of art' 
OBSERVER

'No novelist brings more telling observation or more gentle pleasure' 
JILLY COOPER

STRANGERS (1981) BY ANITA BROOKNER (PENGUIN)

 

He was haunted by a feeling of invisibility, as if he were a mere spectator of his own life, with no one to identify him in the barren circumstances of the here and now.

Paul Sturgis is retired and lives alone in south Kensington. His only acquaitance is widowed cousin whom he visits on Sundays. He takes pleasure in small exchanges with strangers. Unable to make sense of his solitary nature, and fearing a lonely death, he wonders whether at last he might be ready for companionship. but a chance meeting with an old girlfriend and an encounter in Venice with a recently divorced younger woman compel Paul to decide how (and with whom) he will spend the rest of his days...

'A novel of great stylistic beauty and psychological truth. As great a reflection on fear and regret as Philip Larkin or Beckett'
MARK LAWSON, GUARDIAN

'Brilliant, affecting. A writer whose empathy runs deeps, and whose pitch is perfect'
SPECTATOR

THE OLD DEVILS (1986) BY KINGSLEY AMIS (VINTAGE CLASSICS)

 

Malcolm, Peter and Charlie and their Soave-sodden wives have one main ambition left in life: to drink Wales dry. But their routine is both shaken and stirred when thez are joined by professional Welshman Alun Weaver (CBE) and his wife, Rhiannon, returning to their Celtic roots...

'Brilliant... It is sadly comic and comically sad'
ANTHONY BURGESS, OBSERVER

'A bloody funny lovely bloody book... A genius at full throttle'
FINANCIAL TIMES

PACK OF CARDS (1987) BY PENELOPE LIVELY (PENGUIN)

 

One of Britain´s most acclaimed writers, Penelope Lively has won some of our most prestigious literary awards, including the Bookers Prize. In Pack of Cards her gifts of acute perception and wry humour are distilled into a unique collection of mesmerizing stories.

'These stories are stunning. Lively´s insights are deep, often profound; always amusing. Her skill with words is breathtaking' 
NEW STATESMAN

'Penelope Lively´s collected short stories... display all her shinz gifts as one of the sharpest observers of the passing scene... she tunes in to the secret fears of childhood and middle age and lifts a corner on confused adolescence; but entertainement with a streak of ruefulness is the general hallmark' 
GUARDIAN

'Thes vignettes of the human condition and of very human responses to it are absorbing, caring and careful'
THE TIMES

'A great read. They include dilemmas of young love and old age, ghost stories, comic set pieces... one of the most chilling wartimes episodes I have ever read and a hilarious account of the dumping of a group of tourists at Abu Simbel by their exasperated guide... Penelope Lively is a master of plot, point and message'
IRISH TIMES

THE SEA LADY (2006) BY MARGARET DRABBLE (PENGUIN)

 

Humphrey and Ailsa meet as children by a grey, northern sea. Humphrey is quiet, serious - and will in time explore the sea´s mysteries; Ailsa is angry, a freckled cobra ready to strike. Yet they fascinate one another and when they meet again years later they fall briefly - and disastrously - in love.

Half a lifetime passes before Humphrey and Ailsa´s paths finally re-cross. What will each make of their past? And of the future?

The sea Lady tells a story of first and last love, of evolution and the ebb and flow of time that gives shape to our lives.

'A fine evocation of first love amid the lost summers of fifty years ago'
MAIL ON SUNDAY

'Drabble expertly charts the way our childhood experiences inform and shape us troughout our lives'
SPECTATOR

'A masterclass... Drabble remains one of the most thougtprovoking and intellectually challenging writers around'
FINANCIAL TIMES

'Fascinating... Drabble writes beautifully about the passing of time and the sad, incomplete experience of love'
NEW STATESMAN

'A sprightly comedy... intelligent, full-bodied, big-hearted'
DAILY MAIL

How to register

To benefit fully from this discussion-based course, your current passive level of English should be equivalent to approximately that of the C1 Advanced (CAE) C1 (CEFR).

If you are unsure of your present level, it can be determined by the free grading service the Cambridge Institut provides (45 min. writing + 10 min speaking test, please register at Reception).

Daily Mon – Thu 9.00 H – 19.30 H
Fri 9.00 H – 13.00 H
  14.00 H – 18.00 H

No appointment is required to take the grading test.

Registration form

You may also sign up for the literature course by using the registration form:

Where

Cambridge Institut
Residenzstrasse 22
80333 München

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