DH Lawrence - man of the Midlands

Ref: C2339201

DH Lawrence famously described the countryside around Eastwood as 'The Country of my Heart'. This course sets out to examine the extent to which Lawrence was influenced by this region, by studying some of his early stories and novels and relating them to the district he knew. We will study some early 'Midland' stories such as 'The Odour of Chrysanthemums' and 'Daughters of the Vicar', as well as his early novels from 'The White Peacock' to 'Women in Love'. These will be considered in the context of late-Victorian mining society. We will also have a field trip in the form of a walk around Eastwood and Moorgreen to see how much of the Lawrentian heritage survives.

Course aim

To enable students to appreciate the historical and geographical context to DH Lawrence by studying some of his early short stories and novels in relation to the local settings he used in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • 1. demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Lawrence's early work.
  • 2. explain his writing in the context of a turn-of-the century mining community.
  • 3. appreciate Lawrence's work in the context of other writers of the period.

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

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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DH Lawrence - man of the Midlands

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