Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Ref: C3125252

Share your understanding and appreciation of this classic Russian love story in a guided discussion group. Read in comfortable stages at home, then join us to discuss characters and developments. We'll be thinking about the historical and literary context for this novel, looking in detail at selected passages, and thinking about the overall shape and scope of the story. It would be advantageous to read ‘part one’ for the first meeting.

Course aim

To discuss our responses to this classic novel and consider how it reflects its period and what it says to ours. We shall be looking for key themes and at the impact of the novel on other writers.

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:

  • Discuss our responses to the novel and draw comparisons to other pieces of writing.
  • Discuss the behaviour and motivations of selected characters from the novel.
  • identify some of the main themes in the novel, and relate them to historical events.

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
  • There will be a reading schedule for the novel, so that we can study it in manageable sections.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • An unabridged copy of Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. Tutor will be using Penguin Classics copy ISBN-13: 9780140449174, but it is not essential that you have that imprint.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please read 'part one' for the first session.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


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