An Exploration of Orwell's Essays

Ref: C2342496

George Orwell's essays are in many people's opinion the best of his work. They cover an extraordinary variety of subjects and provide a unique insight into his intellectual and other preoccupations and the state of society at the time he was writing. You will be expected to read one or two of the essays a week (you will be notified which ones in good time) and come along prepared to discuss them, You may disagree wholeheartedly with an essay (or essays) but that is all to the good!. A lively exchange of ideas is the main purpose of these sessions. The essays themselves are entertaining and clearly written but repay close reading. It's sometimes said that Orwell's voice is still needed today. Come along and make his acquaintance.

Course aim

We will discuss one or two of Orwell's essays in each session teasing out his interests, cast of mind, vision of the world and views on the state of the country. His essays are endlessly interesting and not difficult to read!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Discuss the topics that Orwell deals with in some of his essays in some detail
  • Explore Orwell's cast of mind and preoccupations
  • Give an account of the style of the essays
  • Explain why or why not you think Orwell remains an important writer
  • Investigate Orwell's eccount of England and the English

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • The course will involve you reading one or two essays by Orwell in your own time and coming along prepared to talk about what you have read

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • You will need to bring along a book of Orwell's Essays, preferably the Penguin Modern Classics edition edited by Bernard Crick

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • See above. Learners will have read one or two essays a week in their own time.

What can I do next?

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

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An Exploration of Orwell's Essays

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