Literature - Text into Film

Ref: C3530177

Examine three classic novels from their conception through to their various film versions: “Far From the Madding Crowd”, “Washington Square” and “The Go-Between”. There will be a special focus on social history, including the life and times of each author.

Additional information about this course

NB there is no session on 20th Feb as its half term

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.
  • 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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • Hopefully this course will encourage people to read more on their own, and with an enhanced skill-set. It may also give them confidence to try other courses with the WEA or in higher education.

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Literature - Text into Film


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