Leading Men Part 2

Ref: C2337939

In this second look at Leading Men, the emphasis shifts towards novels where authors examine the choices made by the men and the consequences of these choices, starting with Old Filth by Jane Gardam, and followed by The Heart of The Matter by Graham Greene, All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, and The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke. These are four very different novels in setting - England and Hong Kong, Africa, America and Mexico, and Germany - but all give universal portraits of men and the timelessness of the effects of their actions.

Course aim

To continue to pursue the aims of reading, discussing, appreciating and enjoying a range of novels about the lives and aspirations of men, and the effects on others and the wider world.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Reading the chosen texts is an essential part of the course.

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

  • analyse authors' creation of character.
  • assess how effectively landscape and setting are evoked
  • identify and analyse themes and ideas
  • describe and support a personal response to the texts

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
  • You will be expected to read the texts to be studied in advance, and in the order listed in this sheet.

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A copy of each text. Additional poetry and prose extracts will be provided by the tutor.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-reading of the first novel on the list.

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
  • Further reading of other works by the chosen authors.

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Leading Men Part 2


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