The Returned

Ref: C3741647

Figures arising from the past haunt our literature. They may be objects of fear or of desire but their power to influence the present, for good or ill, is always strong. The course will explore the very different ways in which the significance of the 'revenant' has operated in fiction, drama and poetry, beginning with a study of the varieties of belief in 'afterlife' demonstrated in such texts as Homer's 'Odyssey' and Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.' Students' input on appropriate texts will be sought but are likely to include Dickens' 'Great Expectations'. Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca' and poems of Wilfred Owen and Thomas Hardy.

Course aim

We shall explore the significance and power of the concept of the 'returned', ghosts and more ambiguous 'revenants', through a range of fictional, dramatic and poetic texts.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed

What topics will this course cover

- 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

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor - You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you - It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.) - You will need to have copies of the chosen texts (print or Kindle). Handouts will be provided i hard copy or on-line

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful - There is no required pre-reading but you may find it useful to read/view the first act of 'Hamlet' and to consider what texts on the theme (particurly poetry) that you might wish to recommend.

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

The Returned 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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