Literature for Life - David Copperfield and Aurora Leigh

Ref: C3528538

This course offers a fresh look at two of the finest books written in the 19th century. Both 'David Copperfield' and 'Aurora Leigh' are fictional autobiographies; one is a novel, the other an extended poem. In telling the stories of these two individuals, the authors cast light on our own deepest struggles and worries. We will be looking at these books not as pieces of history, but as works of art which still have the power to move us today.

Course aim

To deepen our understanding of the works of Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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:

  • 1. Identify key features of the work of Charles Dickens.
  • 2. Identify key features of the work of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
  • 3. Express original ideas about these two writers.
  • 4. Explore how ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Aurora Leigh’ relate to the struggles of life.
  • 5. Discuss the influence of Dickens and Barrett Browning on several writers who follow them.

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
  • Some reading in student's own time is required.

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?

  • You will require a copy of 'Aurora Leigh' for the first session and 'David Copperfield' for the second.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will need to read 'Aurora Leigh' before the fist 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

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Literature for Life - David Copperfield and Aurora Leigh 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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