Literature: The novels of George Gissing

Ref: C3530427

George Gissing wrote 23 novels and a large number of short stories. This course will consider three of his best known novels and look to explore his work in the context of his contemporary writers and the social and political context of the late nineteenth century.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to explore the writing of the late nineteenth-century novelist George Gissing, considered by many to be one of the leading novelists of his day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous knowledge of Gissing is required for this course.

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

  • understand the importance of Gissing in the context of late nineteenth-century literature.
  • consider the social and political context of his novels.
  • understand narrative techniques as used by Gissing.
  • participate in group discussion.
  • critically evaluate 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?

  • Please bring along copies of the selected texts: The Nether World (1889, New Grub Street (1891) and The Odd Women (1893).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is helpful if the students have read the texts by the dates of the classes. The books will be studied in chronologically order and we will spend two weeks on each text.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Literature: The novels of George Gissing

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