Contemporary Literature 2

Ref: C2225535

We will explore a diverse selection of contemporary writing in Britain, covering novels, short stories and poetry. Texts to be studied aim to reflect, and be reflective of, various aspects of life in the modern United Kingdom. Writings will be from the past few decades and will embrace a range of social and cultural experiences and points of view. A major theme will be how contemporary authors explore and interrogate the past. The texts to be studied will be: Carol Ann Duffy: poems Jacky Kay: Trumpet Kazuo Ishiguro: An Artist of the Floating World Robert Seethaler: The Tobacconist Simon Armitage: poems

Course aim

The aim of the course is to consider some contemporary writing in Britain, examining both its literary qualities and its engagement with modern issues and themes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • approach texts with an enhanced critical awareness
  • express ideas and opinions with increased confidence
  • appreciate how writing both reflects and is reflective of the society and times in which it is produced
  • have an awareness of the diversity of recent writings in Britain, and in one case Europe

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?

  • 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?

  • Students will be expected to buy or borrow copies of the novels to be studied. Poems and short stories will be provided as handouts by the tutor.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Contemporary Literature 2

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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