Exmoor and Literature - Blackmore, Wordswoth and Coleridge.

Ref: C3530167

150 years since its publication, Blackmore's Lorna Doone provides us with a novel set in the 17th century at the time of the Monmouth Rebellion and shaped by the cultural influences of the century in which it was written.

Course aim

This course will study Blackmore's 'Lorna Doone - A Romance of Exmoor' an historical novel set in late 17th century Devon and Somerset.

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 understanding of this novel within the context of Victorian fiction.
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the social and historical context of the novel.
  • be conversant with formal aspects of fiction such as narrative structure, point of view, omniscient and unreliable narrator.
  • be confident in class discussion and participation.
  • be confident in the evaluation of primary source material.

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 text available to them. Pens and paper for note taking will also be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The text to be studied is Blackmore's Lorna Doone. If students have read the whole text in advance of the course that is fine but we will be breaking the novel down in to sections so reading of the whole text in advance is NOT necessary.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Exmoor and Literature - Blackmore, Wordswoth and Coleridge.


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