Revisiting the Brontes

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Whether you are a confirmed Brontë fan, love the adaptations and welcome a chance to read the novels, or just wonder what all the fuss is about during a spate of bicentenaries (Anne in 2020!) - join us as we visit the famous sisters and their controversial brother in their legendary parsonage home. With the help of extracts, film clips and illustrations we will look at their lives, their novels and poems, and the history of 'Brontëmania' ever since their untimely mid-Victorian deaths.

Course aim

This course aims to take a look at the lives and achievements of one of the most famous literary families, the Brontës.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • State some reasons why the Brontës are still read and remembered.
  • Express an opinion on the relative merits of Charlotte, Emily and Anne as novelists and/or as social historians.
  • (Optional) Decide which works I may read or re-read as a result of the course, and say why.
  • Share with others my response to a variety of written and recorded extracts.
  • (Optional) Share a creative response (e.g. poem, fictional diary entry, drawing) inspired by the Brontës and their work.

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?

  • Course booklets will be provided. You should obtain copies of (at least) 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wuthering Heights' (any edition).

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
  • If you are already a Brontë reader, please bring a copy of your favourite novel or poem(s), plus any critical or Brontë-based imaginative work you have enjoyed.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Revisiting the Brontes

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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