Day School: The Bronte Family of Haworth – a new look!

Ref: C2226444

The Bronte family have attracted attention for over 155 years. Stories abound of the eccentric, repressive father, the drunken, drug-addicted, wastrel son and the unconventional, romantic daughters. More recent research, however, has shown that the story is not simply one of isolation and the writing of scandalous books: their home was a place of lively, creative activity, with family members alert to the literary, linguistic and cultural life of their time. All family members possessed artistic talent, whether it be writing novels, music, poetry, art, or a combination of these things. The course will consider not only the plots of some well-loved books (most of them the subject of many TV, radio and film adaptations), but the influences, tragedies and triumphs behind the Brontes' work. This will be set against a background of the cultural, social and economic background of the 19th century - a time of tremendous change in almost every sphere of life.

Additional information about this course

Tea and coffee available from 9.30am. Course starts at 10am and ends at 3.30pm with optional tea and coffee until 4pm. Also includes a one hour lunch break.

Course aim

This course is designed to be an exploration of the life and work of the literary Brontë family, placing events in their literary, cultural, and historical (including family) contexts. Some more recent research findings are considered.

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:

  • Itemise some aspects from the lives and careers of at least two Bronte family members
  • Identify how more recent research findings have changed perceptions about the Bronte family
  • Analyse the factors that influenced the plots of two Bronte literary works

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
  • Handouts will be provided to reinforce learning after the course finishes.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Although handouts will be provided to reinforce learning, course members may wish to bring their own notebook and writing materials to make notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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

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Day School: The Bronte Family of Haworth – a new look!

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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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