Northern Literature

Ref: C3674775

Throughout this course, we will explore the ways in which character and place interact in writing set in Northern England (broadly defined as the areas covered by the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber). We will consider the social and political significance of regional voices in the texts and discuss the impact of class on Northern identity. In our discussions, we will identify the characteristics of 'Northern Literature' and debate the extent to which the texts we will study challenge or perpetuate stereotypes associated with the North. Although there is a geographical element to this course, we will remain focused on the North as it is represented in literature.

Course aim

To discuss writing from the North of England and explore how the North is represented in these works.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • An open mind and a love of reading.

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

  • Identify the recurrent themes and narrative devices deployed by the writers we will study.
  • Demonstrate analytical close reading skills and apply them to the texts.
  • Confidently engage in discussions about Northern Literature and share my ideas with others.

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 only mandatory work outside of the class will be reading. Optional further reading and viewing will be provided for those who wish to undertake additional work and occasional research tasks may be set in advance of the class.

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You will need to purchase the required reading for this course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please email the tutor for an up-to-date reading list. Please note that the reading will not exceed one novel per week (usually less).

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Northern Literature


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