London Lives: Exploring London Literature

Ref: C3841316

This course will explore a range of work by authors that use the setting of London in a variety of literary forms, examining the cultural, historical and social concerns of the periods in which they were written. Authors and work will include, Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, Sam Selvon's The Lonely Londoners, Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway as well as a selection of poetry.

Course aim

To examine, identify and discuss the concerns presented within the selection of London literature.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • For learners who have a love of literature and enjoy group discussion and critical debate.

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

  • Compare various themes and issues between authors and their work
  • Comment on the major concerns of authors discussed.
  • Place texts in their social, political and historical context.
  • Discuss diversity within the presented works

How will I be taught?

  • Group discussion, critical debate and reflection of texts studied is the main emphasis of the class. Reading the required texts is expected but learner supplementary information relevant to the course is always welcome and appreciated.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Feedback on Individual Learning Plan and mid point discussion.

What else do I need to know?

  • Books as required by class schedule.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Reading of the specific course list is expected, although some handouts will be provided.

What can I do next?

  • Attend further WEA courses. Undertake FE programme of study.

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London Lives: Exploring London Literature


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