Literature - A Revolution in Reading

Ref: C3530224

What do 'The Unpleasantness at The Bellona Club', 'Gone to Earth' and 'Carnival' have in common? They are numbers 5, 9 and 10 on Penguin's list. We will read them and discuss characters, developments and historical context for each of the novels.

Additional information about this course

NB Please read chapters 1 to 24 ('Journey's End') of Carnival, by Compton Mackenzie, for discussion at the first session.

Course aim

To read three of the first ten novels published by Penguin, in 1935, discuss ideas about the writing, and put the novels into their historical context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Any unabridged copy of the titles will be suitable for using on the course.

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

  • Compare and contrast approaches to story telling in the three novels.
  • Discuss the historical context of these early penguin books.
  • Evaluate the contents of the three novels.

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
  • The tutor will provide you with a reading schedule, breaking the novels into manageable sections for discussion at each session.

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?

  • please bring: Gone to Earth, by Mary Webb Carnival, by Compton Mackenzie The Unpleasantness at The Bellona Club, by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please read chapters 1 to 24 ('Journey's End') of Carnival, by Compton Mackenzie, for discussion at the first session.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Literature - A Revolution in Reading

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