Literature: Fiction and Poetry

Ref: C3740069

we will explore the themes, style and structure of literary works that consider rites of passage, clashes between opposing attitudes and values, and problems of love vocation and identity. We will discuss short stories by Chekhov, James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Alice Munro, and Clare Keegan, and Poems by Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.

Course aim

We will discuss the themes , style and structure of literary works and poems. No class on 1st June (Half Term)

Who is the course for?

Anyone interested in discussing and exploring literature.

What topics will this course cover

Short stories by Chekhov, James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Alice Munro, and Clare Keegan, and Poems by Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Discuss the clash of attitudes and values. 2. Comment on the problems of love, vocation and identity. 3. Discuss the language and imagery of key passages. 4. Assess the importance of the historical and cultural context.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Your tutor will ask you to take part in discussion and will give you informal feedback on your progress, but there are no formal tests or exams. You will have the opportunity to introduce a topic or give a presentation, but this is not required. Each week you will be given questions and issues to think about in preparation for the next week's session. You can contact the tutor by email if you need advice or feedback. A major aim is for students to share insights and learn from one another.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

None essential.

Reading and information sources

Extracts will be provided.

What could the course lead to?

Students may wish to continue studying literature through the WEA or more formally through university based courses.

Download full course outline

Literature: Fiction and Poetry Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Please call 0800 3281060 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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