Literature: "Reader I Married Him"

Ref: C2523665

Concepts such as what is family, what it means to be a woman, or man, or a wife or a husband, a daughter or a son have changed over time. Such ideas have been debated philosophically and in art and literature. This course will examine key texts from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries as they explore these notions and other ideas such as ethical decisions about providing for your family, parenting, education and society expectation. and choosing between marrying for romantic love or for parental approval. We will explore plays, poetry, short stories and a selection of novels including Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, Evelina by Frances Burney, Lady Susan by Jane Austen, The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Course aim

The course examines the idea of the ‘family’, particularly what it means to be a man or a woman and how this has changed over time. We will also explore how art and literature have helped to influence these changes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Confidently discuss how idea of ‘family’ changes over time
  • Give three examples of how the ‘ideal’ woman is presented in the texts.
  • Give three examples of how marriage is represented in the texts
  • Give three examples of how the idea of a good or bad man is presented in the texts.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Most of your readings will be provided, you need to buy/borrow /download Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, Evelina by Frances Burney, Lady Susan by Jane Austen, The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will need to read before each of our sessions. It would be useful if you could read the novels before the course starts.

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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Literature: "Reader I Married Him" Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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