Irish Literature

Ref: C2225411

The course is for those interested in Irish literature (written in English). Our focus will principally be on novels, but there will be one week on poetry. The selected novels are The Last September (1929), Elizabeth Bowen; The Country Girls (1960), Edna O'Brien; Troubles (1970), J.G. Farrell. It is hoped that studying these works will increase understanding of Irish culture and developments in literature during the 20th and 21st centuries. Particularly relevant is the relationship between Ireland and England.

Course aim

The course is for those interested in Irish literature and its main purpose is to increase understanding of Irish literature.

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:

  • Understanding of are The Last September (1929), Elizabeth Bowen;Troubles (1970), J.G. Farrell.
  • Understanding of The Country Girls (1960), Edna O'Brien
  • Understanding of Troubles (1970), J.G. Farrell.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • You need copies of the novels

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please read 'The Last September' (1929), Elizabeth Bowen, before the course.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Irish Literature

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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