Re Visiting the Brontes

Ref: C2338092

In the 201st anniversary year of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, we celebrate with a close look at the lives and work of a famous literary family. This is a chance to renew your enjoyment of the novels and poems - or to find out why they are still discussed, adapted and celebrated today.

Course aim

This course offers the chance to explore the lives and works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Give a brief biographical account of the Bronte family.
  • Discuss ways in which the works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne show their shared upbringing and influences.
  • Discuss ways in which the work of each is unique.
  • Analyse and comment on any film, television or written adaptation of one of the novels (including dramatisation, poetry, ballet).

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Printed booklets will be supplied, but copies of the novels (widely available second-hand) would be a useful resource.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be helpful, but not essential, to read or re-read 'Jane Eyre', 'Wuthering Heights' and 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' before beginning the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

Download full course outline

Re Visiting the Brontes Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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
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