Literature of the 1960's

Ref: C2225449

It was not only music which was exciting in the 1960's. Literature, too, was vibrant and provocative as writers explored new ideas and forms. Through the study of key texts, we will consider how writers' choices of content and style both reflect and challenge the cultural and social context of the decade. Through close analysis of selected novels, poetry and drama, we will identify key aspects of the writing which set this literature apart from that of previous decades, and evaluate the extent to which it represents a society in a time of great change. Applying a framework of close literary analysis to each text, we will see how rewarding and enjoyable it is to explore literature through a detailed and structured approach. A reading list will be distributed before the course begins.

Course aim

This course explores how 1960's literature reflects the cultural and social context of the time. Students will develop skills in literary analysis, evaluating and comparing a variety of texts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is a course for anyone who enjoys literature and exploring what lies under the surface of words on a page.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify key aspects of the style and content of 1960's literature.
  • Apply analytical skills and literary terminology to a close study of given texts.
  • Use a literary framework to identify the ways in which a writer conveys his or her ideas, and evaluate the success of their style.
  • Make productive comparisons between texts.
  • Use critical and literary terminology in class discussion of the texts.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to read the books on the reading list in order to benefit from the sessions.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You will need a copy of each text being studied - the order in which we will study them will be given on the book list. You will need pen and paper.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A reading list will be available well before the start of the course, which will also give the order in which they are to be studied.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Literature of the 1960's


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