Literature: The Novels of Edith Wharton

Ref: C3530107

This course will explore a number of novels written by the American novelist, playwright and short story writer Edith Wharton. The first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1921, Wharton drew on own knowledge of the New York upper classes in her writing.

Course aim

This course will consider a selection of novels by the Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist Edith Wharton.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of the writing of Edith Wharton.
  • understand some of the social, cultural and historical contexts influencing Wharton's writing.
  • be conversant with formal aspects of fiction such as narrative structure, point of view, omniscient and unreliable narrator.
  • participate in class discussion and evaluate primary source material.
  • formulate a response to the studied novels and other writing by this writer.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will need to have a copy of the appropriate text available to them on the appropriate week. The text can be in the form of hard copy or on an electronic device. Pens and paper for note taking would also be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The following novels will be studied: The House of Mirth; The Custom of the Country; Ethan Frome; The Age of Innocence; Summer.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Literature: The Novels of Edith Wharton

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