Day School: Oscar Wilde: Nothing to Declare but His Genius

Ref: C2225257

We will look at the life, the witty one-liners, the work and times of a fascinating man. Oscar Wilde’s rich, dramatic and often humorous portrayals of the human condition came during the height of the prosperity and social changes that swept through London in the Victorian Era of the late 19th century, a time when most citizens of Britain were finally able to become acquainted with literature only the wealthy and educated had previously been able to afford. Wilde wrote many short stories, plays and poems that continue to inspire millions around the world.

Course aim

to investigate the family background, life and works of this master playwright, poet and author. Previous knowledge of Oscar Wilde's work is not required.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recall and discuss some aspects of Wilde's background - for example, the character and influence of one (or both) of his parents and his family life
  • Identify some of the social, economic and cultural changes and developments that find expression in some of Wilde's work
  • Itemise some of the factors that led to the tragic events of Wilde's life after about 1895

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 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • Handouts will be provided by the tutor, but course members may wish to bring writing materials and notebook to make own notes

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
  • Course members may wish to consider membership of the Oscar Wilde Society (contact details will be provided by tutor in handout form)

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Day School: Oscar Wilde: Nothing to Declare but His Genius


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