Text into Film

Ref: C3529462

This course examines three classic novels from their conception through to their various film versions: “Far From the Madding Crowd”, “Washington Square” (aka “The Heiress”), and “The Go-Between”. There will be a special focus on social history, including the life and times of each author. Includes a case study of old New York.

Course aim

To explore the links between literature, film, and social history. We will read a text closely; be it poem, novel, film or painting. We will then examine its literary and historical context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Must be able to read English

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

  • Describe Thomas Hardy’s early life and cottage.
  • Define the source and implications of Thomas Hardy’s title.
  • Analyse the politics of geography in and around Washington Square.
  • State which other American, along with Henry James, was described as “plus Anglais que les Anglais”.
  • Say why L.P. Hartley was rebuffed by the Bloomsbury group.

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
  • People will be expected to keep up with the reading and to contribute in class discussions (if they wish to do so).

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
  • Feedback will be informal; there will be no formal tests or exams.

What else do I need to know?

  • Set Texts (3 novels): Thomas Hardy “Far From the Madding Crowd”; Henry James “Washington Square”; L.P. Hartley “The Go-Between”.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The books will be studied in chronological order. It will be helpful to have begun the Hardy novel prior to the first session.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Text into Film


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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
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