Art and Literature in the 19th and 20th Century

Ref: C2224279

The course will explore connections between the work of artists and writers through a range of topics by drawing direct comparisons between word and image and placing the work in a wider cultural and historical context. We will look at shared techniques and motifs, as well as wider responses to major social, cultural and historical issues such as the depiction of working life and the role of women in the nineteenth century, and the impact on the arts of World War One.

Course aim

The aim will be to provide learners with the critical tools to enhance their appreciation of literature and art and to make connections between the preoccupations of artists and writers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Make informed connections between works of art and literature based on their cultural context.
  • Identify similarities in form and content across the two media.
  • Make informed judgements about style and technique in works of art and literature.
  • Draw direct comparisons between works of art and 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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Art and Literature in the 19th and 20th Century Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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