Aspects of Englishness in Writing up to 1960

Ref: C2420781

The course will cover a selection of writings, in prose and poetry, which engages and considers the concept of Englishness in the period from the end of the 19th century to about 1960. The course will include the following: A.E. Housman: poems Hugh Walpole: Mr Perrin and Mr Traill R. C. Sherriff: The Fortnight in September John Betjeman: poems Virginia Woolf:Between the Acts

Course aim

We will explore some of the ways in which writers in the period c. 1900-1960 perceived England and the notion of Englishness, and how their views and ideas impacted upon their writings and more widely upon the English literary scene.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • express opinions and responses to texts with increased confidence
  • approach writings with an enhanced critical appreciation
  • have a greater awareness of a range of writings about Englishness
  • have an understanding of how the notion of Englishness impacted upon some writers of the period

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will need to obtain copies of the novels being studied. Poems and short stories will be porvided in the form of handouts.

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

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

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Aspects of Englishness in Writing up to 1960


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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