Thursday 1.30 - 3.30
Jim Crace is a British writer (born Enfield, resident in Birmingham) of startling and accomplished fictions. His work is often both playful and unsettling, and he has abiding preoccupations with the relationship between the material and spiritual dimensions of existence, and with the ‘the power of narrative and the imaginary’ (Philip Tew). On this course we will study two of Crace’s most acclaimed novels, both from the 1990s, Quarantine (1992) and Being Dead (1999). The first of these is an imaginative re-telling of Jesus’ forty days in the Judean desert (although that is perhaps only half of it). The second novel is an extraordinary account of the deaths and ‘after-deaths’ of two marine scientists on a beach in an invented country. We shall spend five weeks on each of the novels. If you like your fiction both challenging and possessed of strong storylines, then this is the course for you.