Exploring Contemporary Literature: Poetry and Prose since 2000

Ref: C3742777

How do we define the contemporary, and how do writers express the complexities of what it means to live in the modern world? We explore a varied selection of prose and poetry which writes out of and into the cultural, historical, political and economic developments of its time, and deals with contemporary issues of e.g. gender identity, self and nation, and cultural hybridity.

Course aim

This course is for those wishing to explore some aspects of modern literature, and how writers express the complexities of the contemporary moment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for anyone with a keen interest in literature and reading, and who wishes to broaden their experience of cultural history.

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

  • Explain some of the approaches writers use when expressing the experience of the present.
  • Identify some of the cultural, historical and economic developments giving rise to these texts.
  • Demonstrate in discussion an awareness of the complexities involved in the study of issues including gender identity, self and nation, and cultural hybridity.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Texts to be studied are Julian Barnes, 'The Sense of an Ending' (2011), Annie Proulx, 'Bad Dirt' (2005), Colum McCann, 'Let the Great World Spin' (2009), Alice Oswald, 'Dart' (2002).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Julian Barnes 'The Sense of an Ending' should have been read by the time of the first class.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Exploring Contemporary Literature: Poetry and Prose since 2000

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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