Ref: C2523760

This seven week course coincides with the centenary of one of Scotland's best post war novelists. Perhaps most well known for her novel "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark produced 22 brilliant novels as well as poems, short stories, biographies and a play. The course invites students to see the world through three of her novels written at different periods in her life and to, in the words of Ali Smith, enjoy Spark's unique deliciously wicked look at society. Students will also be encouraged to look at the films, programmes and being broadcast to celebrate her amazing contribution to literature.

Course aim

Introduce students to the novels of Muriel Spark and facilitate a critical appraisal of her economic style, keen eye and place in modern literature.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify passages of text that illustrate Spark's economy and conciseness
  • Critically assess Spark's approach to the use of plot and character.
  • Discuss and consider what constitutes Sparks' essential voice.
  • Research how the current centenary re-presents Spark and her oeuvre. What would Muriel Spark think?

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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.)
  • Students will need to provide copies of the three selected novels, They are The Girls of Slender Means The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie The Abbess of Crewe.

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 a course with another provider

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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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