Saturday Lecture: The Brontes

Ref: C2419186

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (as well as their brother Branwell) have long exercised a fascination with their bleak, short, often tempestuous lives and their singular novels and poems. As we are passing through the bicentenaries of their births, it seems timely to make a fresh exploration and examination of their writings. We will trace their literary careers from their childhood writngs through to the mature novels and poems, in an attempt to see their work in the context of their lives and times and also to consider the nature of the enduring qualities of their literary output.

Course aim

The course aims to explore some of the writings of the Bronte sisters in the context of their life and times, to look at some of the characteristics of their writings and consider how the different sisters, work varies from eah other.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • approach the Brontes' writing with an enhanced critical appreciation
  • express opinions and ideas with increased confidence
  • place the writing of the Brontes' work within the context of their life and times

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 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?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A perusal of a biography of one or all of the Bronte sisters might be useful.

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

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Saturday Lecture: The Brontes Course Outline

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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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