English Literature: Exploring the Lyric Essay

Ref: C2339044

We will read examples by a range of authors to explore a non-fiction form which brings together the best in lyrical poetry and prose. We’ll be looking at a non-fiction form which brings together the best in lyrical poetry and prose. We’ll read works by Virginia Woolf as well as more recent authors Claudia Rankine, Rebecca Solnit and Olivia Laing, and poet Alice Oswald. We will ask: what is the lyric essay? Does it touch a nerve, in ways that other forms cannot?

Course aim

To examine the lyric essay in both historical and modern contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • describe features of the lyric essay
  • discuss a range of writers and their differing approaches to the lyric essay
  • compare and contrast the lyric essay to other forms of fiction, non-fiction and poetry
  • relate the course’s subject-matter to wider social, political and cultural contexts
  • participate in readings, presentations, discussions and debate with others

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is perfectly okay to read extracts from the set titles. Virginia Woolf : ‘A Room of One’s Own’ to begin with.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

English Literature: Exploring the Lyric Essay Course Outline

Conditions

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  • 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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