Madness as Metaphor

Ref: C3743234

What does it mean to be mad? This course examines how madness as a societal construct has been represented in fiction across a broad range of texts from the mid-19th century to the present day. Writers to be studied include Edgar Allen Poe, Wilkie Collins, Jean Rhys, Sylvia Plath, and Margaret Attwood.

Course aim

This course examines how madness as a societal construct has been represented in fiction across a broad range of texts from the mid-19th century to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No particular skills are required, but a love of reading and cultural history.

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

  • Identify changing societal constructions of 'madness' throughout the historical period covered.
  • Explain some of the narrative and structural approaches writers use in expressing how individuals experience alienation and 'otherness'.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the complexities involved in the study of issues including gender and equality, cultural and scientific developments, economics and politics.

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

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?

  • You will be expected to have read each text in advance of each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be helpful if you have read Edgar Allen Poe's short story 'The Tell-Tale Heart', and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' before the first session.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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/

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Madness as Metaphor

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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