Surrealism in Literature

Ref: C2224336

Part 1 of this two-part course traces the origins of Surrealism in Literature to its roots in children's literature and absurdism and explores the coalescence of the conscious and unconscious minds across a range of experimental novels by English, French, Czech, and Russian writers.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to a range of key themes and stylistic features of Surrealist literature.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Demonstrate a key familiarity with the themes and stylistic features of Surrealism in Literature
  • Identify similarities and differences between the novels
  • Use the critical terminology introduced throughout the course confidently in conversation
  • Develop confidence to contribute their own opinions and debate within the class

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 complete the required reading list in your own time.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Franz Kafka - The Trial Andre Breton - Nadja Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and the Margarita

What can I do next?

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

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Surrealism in Literature


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