Art and Literature in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Ref: C2224625

The course will explore connections between the work of nineteenth and twentieth century 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 such topics as word and image in the work of William Blake, the motif of the halted traveller in Wordsworth and Friedrich, depictions of working life, the motifs of the fallen woman and the femme fatale, solar myth in Hardy and Turner, the art and poetry of World War One, the impact of Post-Imprressionism on Virginai Woolf, the role of the 'everyday' in 20th century art and literature and word and image in the 20th century.

Course aim

To provide learners with critical tools to enhance their appreciation of both literature and art, and to enable them to make thematic and stylistic connections between artists and writers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full Course information sheet

Art and Literature in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has been cancelled.


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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing