Exploring Contemporary Literature - Poetry and Prose Since 2000

Ref: C3741600

How do we define the contemporary, and how do writers express the complexities of what it means to live in the modern world? We explore a varied selection of poetry and prose which writes out of and into the cultural, historical, political and economic developments of its time, and deals with contemporary of i.e. gender identity, self and nation, and cultural hybridity. Texts to be studied include Peter Carey's 'True History of the Kelly Gang', Colum Mc Cann's 'Let the Great World Spin', Julian Barnes's 'The Sense of an Ending', Annie Proulx's 'Bad Dirt', and Alice Oswald's poem, 'Dart'.

Course aim

This course is for those wishing to explore some aspects of modern literature and how writers express the complexities of the contemporary moment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for anyone with keen interest in literature and reading, and who wishes to broaden their experience of cultural history.

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

  • explain some of the approaches writers use in expressing the experience of the present
  • identify some of the cultural, historical and economic developments giving rise to these texts
  • demonstrate some awareness of the complexities involved in the study of issues including gender identity, self and nation, and cultural hybridity

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You should read as many of the texts as possible in advance. We will start with Peter Carey's 'True History of the Kelly Gang'.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Conditions

You can 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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