"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens

Ref: C3673585

A novel about wealth and its corrupting power. Join us on our journey to the murky world of Dickens's London. Learn more about Victorian England and its shocking social problems.

Course aim

To read, enjoy and understand the novel "Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Read and understand this novel and all its complex themes, using some techniques of literary analysis
  • Understand something about the literary, social and economic context of this novel.
  • Discuss interpretations and responses to the text with the group, and read passages aloud, or listen to others read passages aloud.
  • Be able to link social, economic and literary factors discussed to our present day lives.
  • Understand something about the life of Charles Dickens, where relevant, for example his relevance to the history of the growth of literacy.

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?

  • 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.)
  • 10 copies of the novel will be available for loan. If you would like to buy your own, please contact the Secretary of the Keelby branch before the course starts, in order to find out which edition we will be using.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • 1. A.N. Wilson The Victorians 2. Philip Davis: The Oxford English Literary History volume 8: The Victorians

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens


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