An Uneasy Peace: Literature in Britain between the Wars

Ref: C2224553

The course will examine and consider novels, drama, reportage and poetry between the years 1930-1939, illustrating how diverse writers approached and treated the main themes of a turbulent , eventful age, as Britain adjusted to the crises, both national and international of the 1930s. Authors to be explored will include some already established when the period commenced, as well as those who were just emerging. Poetry of the 1930s including : C. Day Lewis W. H. Auden Louis MacNiece Stephen Spender Novels to be discussed will be: Walter Greenwood Love on the Dole Graham Greene It's a Battlefield George Orwell Coming Up for Air Non- Fiction J. B .Priestley English Journey (extracts) George Orwell Homage to Catalonia (extracts)

Course aim

The course aims to explore a wide range of writings from the interwar period and how changing political, social and economic conditions impacted upon and influenced writers of the period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • approach texts with an enhanced critical appreciation
  • express opinions and responses with increased confidence
  • have some understanding of how socio-political events of the period informed and influenced writers
  • appreciate some of the ways in which different writers responded to the era

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will need to obtain copies of the novels and non-fiction books being studied. All poems will be provided in the form of handouts by the tutor. playsets will also be provided by the tutor.

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

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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An Uneasy Peace: Literature in Britain between the Wars


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