The Novels of Ann Bronte

Ref: C3125184

Both of Ann Bronte's novels deliver a sharp, realistic vision of Victorian women's lives. "Agnes Grey" is the story of a young woman starting to earn her living as a governess and is partially based on the author's experience. The heroine of "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" is an abused wife who escapes to create a life for herself. It is an amazingly perceptive creation from a young woman who remained unmarried until her death at the age of twenty nine. It had a profound impact on the Victorian readership. The novels will be studied in the contexts of the social, moral, religious and familial Victorian backgrounds and will be analysed for their relevance to both Victorian and modern audiences.

Course aim

This course will illustrate the lives and contexts of women in Victorian Britain through analysis of Ann Bronte's novels: "Agnes Grey" and "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall".

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course should appeal to any students with an interest in nineteenth century life and times; to students who enjoy reading and to students interested in women's issues and questions of equality.

What topics will this course cover

- 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 will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Writing materials and copies of the novels

Reading and information sources

- Keen readers may like to read the two novels before the course starts, but this is not essential.

What could the course lead to?

- 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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Enrolment Conditions

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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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