Five Philosophical Novels Part 1: Jenny Morris

"Many novels give rise to reflection and discussion of a philosophical kind, although philosophy and philosophers are not the dominant themes. Many of the ideas and arguments in fiction relate to questions of ethics, but this is not the only aspect of Philosophy at issue. Several of the novels in this course are long, sustained and demanding and will be considered over a period of weeks or even months; others may be shorter and/or - provoke less discussion. The five novels to be covered are diverse in original language and date: Middlemarch (George Eliot), Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky), The Plague (Camus), The Reader (Schlink) and The Remains of the Day (Ishiguru)  (in this order). Participants will have opportunities to bring other fiction (or film) into our discussions, and (time permitting) to suggest further novels for the group to explore. Whilst planned as a two term course, participants may prefer to join for a single term only. It is recommended (but not essential) to have read each novel before our discussion of each begins. Any edition can be used, though recommendations can be requested also."

Tutor: Jenny Morris

"Jenny Morris is an Associate Lecturer at the OU and also a schoolteacher, teaching Classics and Philosophy. She read these subjects at the University of Cambridge and undertook postgraduate research at University College London. She was Head of Classics at Bedford High School for Girls for twenty years and continues to teach in local schools. She started working as a tutor here at the REC in 2011 and enjoyed the company of its students immediately. "