DH Lawrence in Derbyshire

Ref: C2339455

DH Lawrence was born at Eastwood, only a mile from the county boundary between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. His experiences of this area richly inform much of his early, and arguably best, work, and we will be reading sections of these short stories and novellas, such as 'Fanny and Annie' (set in Ripley) and 'The Virgin and the Gypsy' (based on Cromford). We will also look at examples of how Derbyshire locations have been used for filming the novels.

Course aim

This short course aims to explore the influence of visiting and living in Derbyshire on Lawrence's life and work, relating some of his short stories and novels to Derbyshire towns and landscapes.

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:

  • Appreciate the effect Derbyshire had on Lawrence's work.
  • Understand the role the county played in Lawrence's personal life.
  • Read Lawrence's work with a deeper understanding of his influences.

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 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

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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DH Lawrence in Derbyshire

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