Critical Discussion of Selected Literature

Ref: C2226860

Three novels feature in this course - Fathers and Sons (1862) Ivan Turgenev; To the Lighthouse (1927) Virginia Woolf; House of the Spirits (1982) Isabel Allende. The novels have been selected because they each feature family relationships. We will discuss them in terms of character, theme, narrative structure, genre and context. The classes are relaxed, with no pressure on you to fulfil any tasks other than reading the novels. The discussion is tutor led and there is plenty of opportunity for participation. There is usually a handout emailed each week with additional relevant information.

Additional information about this course

Half term 28/10/2019

Course aim

The course is designed to increase understanding of literature generally and specifically of the the selected novels.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss Fathers and Sons (1862), Ivan Turgenev, in terms of narrative, theme, character, context and genre.
  • Discuss To the Lighthouse (1927), Virginia Woolf, in terms of narrative, theme, character, context and genre.
  • Discuss House of the Spirits (1982), Isabel Allende, in terms of narrative, theme, character, context and genre.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Best if you read Fathers and Sons before the start of the course.

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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Critical Discussion of Selected Literature

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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