Day School - Thackeray's Vanity Fair

Ref: C3528584

First published in serial form between 1847 and 1848 this ‘novel without a hero’ is a brilliant satirical novel with the determined Becky Sharp at the centre of this novel which is filled with flawed characters. This study day will include close reading of extracts from the novel and a consideration of the social, cultural and political background to the novel.

Additional information about this course

Non SFA funded. No fee remittance

Course aim

This study day will focus on William Makepeace Thackeray's 1848 novel Vanity Fair.

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:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some of the features of Thackeray's life and work.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Vanity Fair.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the social and historical context of the novel.
  • Be conversant with formal aspects of fiction such as narrative structure, point of view, omniscient and unreliable narrator.
  • Formulate a response to the novel and progress on to other works by this author.

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

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?

  • Students should bring a copy of the text with them to the study day. This can be in the form of a hard copy or on an electronic device.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be useful if students could read the text in advance of the study day.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Day School - Thackeray's Vanity Fair 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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