Wild about Wilde

Ref: C2225390

Playwright, novelist, and poet, Oscar Wilde has fascinated the public (and often suffered its prejudice) since the late Nineteenth Century. This course will consider some of his most famous works within the contexts of his personal life, and the politics and culture of his day.

Course aim

To introduce and discuss the plays, poems, novels, and children's stories of Oscar Wilde. This course will also look the personal, historical and cultural backgrounds of the late Nineteenth Century, considering Wilde's works within these contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • You will be able to describe the plots of key works by Oscar Wilde.
  • You will be able to analyse passages of Wilde's work.
  • You will be able to describe how these works engage with the social and cultural contexts in which they were written.
  • You will be able to debate the social, cultural, and moral politics that had such an impact on these works and their 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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • Whilst it is not essential that you read the works on this course in their entirety (extracts will be provided), you might find it both useful and interesting to do so.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Again, it is by no means essential that any pre reading is done for this course but you may enjoy reading any of the following works ahead of our start date: "The Importance of Being Earnest," Lady Windermere's Fan," and "The Picture of Dorian Gray."

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Wild about Wilde


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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