Day School: The Bronte Family of Haworth - a new look!

Ref: C2224740

The Bronte family have attracted attention for over 155 years. Stories abound of the eccentric, repressive father, the drunken, drug-addicted, wastrel son and the unconventional, romantic daughters. More recent research, however, has shown that the story is not simply one of isolation and the writing of scandalous books: their home was a place of lively, creative activity, with family members alert to the literary, linguistic and cultural life of their time. All family members possessed artistic talent, whether it be writing novels, music, poetry, art, or a combination of these things. The course will consider not only the plots of some well-loved books (most of them the subject of many TV, radio and film adaptations), but the influences, tragedies and triumphs behind the Brontes' work. This will be set against a background of the cultural, social and economic background of the 19th century - a time of tremendous change in almost every sphere of life.

Additional information about this course

Tea and coffee available from 9.30am

Course aim

To investigate the Bronte family, providing insight into their lives and creative work. Using more recent research, we take a new look at the influences behind this famous literary family.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • It is NOT essential that course members have read any of the Bronte novels or seen any TV adaptations before attending the course.

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

  • 1. Outline aspects from the family story and their life experiences, which may have impacted on their creative work
  • 3. Discover how more recent research has dispelled some of the myths about the Bronte family
  • 4. Identify some aspects of 19th century social, political, economic or spiritual life that may have influenced some family members
  • .Demonstrate an understanding of some contemporary opinions about the Brontes work, and their place in classic literature today

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
  • Handouts will be provided by the tutor and there will be opportunities to clarify any points that arise. It is NOT a requirement that course members have read any of the Brontes novels before attending the course.

What else do I need to know?

  • Handouts will be provided, but course members may wish to bring note-taking equipment.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Course members are NOT required to have read the works of the Brontes, or watched complete TV adaptations prior to the course.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School: The Bronte Family of Haworth - a new look!


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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