Provincial Literature

Ref: C3741582

We’ll discuss masterpieces of English literature on the theme of Provincial Life. In the bi-centenary year of her death it is fitting to start with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with its witty observation and depiction of manners, marriage and money. George Eliot’s Middlemarch, subtitled A Study of Provincial Life evokes diverse lives and changing fortunes. Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge depicts passionate and tragic rivalry in a market town and the catastrophic effects of a wife sale. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia chronicles provincial Tilling (Rye) with malicious delicacy and wit. Finally we explore provincial Welsh life in Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.

Course aim

To explore and compare a variety of provincial regions and themes in selected works by Jane Austen, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, E F Benson & Dylan Thomas.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • identify and explain the genre of provincial literature.
  • contrast a variety of explorations of regional cultures and their significances
  • give examples of the use of location in selected literature.
  • demonstrate the social frameworks and themes in selected provincial literary texts.
  • assess the strengths and limitations of provincial literature

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

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?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Reading list Jane Austen , Pride & Prejudice Jonathan Bate, The Song of the Eart E F Benson , Mapp & Lucia George Eliot , Middlemarch Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Provincial Literature


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