'We gotta get out of this place, if it's the last thing we ever do,' sang The Animals. The yearning to escape, to move on and away, has been represented in literature from its earliest times. We shall be exploring the varieties of ways in which 'escape' has been understood in fiction, drama and poetry through the study of Flaubert's 'Madame Bovary,' McEwan's 'The Children Act', Caryl Churchill's play 'Escape Alone' and a range of poetry.

Course aim

The idea of escape, from a place or an unbearable, frustrating life, runs strongly through literature. We shall be exploring this theme in fiction, drama and poetry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the range of ways in which 'escape' has been used to structure narrative from classical to contemporary texts
  • Identify, through close reading, the techniques (including metaphor, punctuation, point of view) used in each text and relate these to genre
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the cultural context in which the texts are produced

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
  • Other

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Other

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Other

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Escape 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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