Literature Appreciation

Ref: C2525078

Openings present challenges. The beginning of a text is vital in terms of how it will intrigue a reader, 'set the scene' for them, play to, or subvert their expectations. We will be considering together how authors rise to these demands in the openings of a range of texts extending from early novels, poetry and drama through to the modern day. We will also reflect on the importance of the social, literary and historical background to each text, and how this has affected the author's creative choices. Through discussion and analysis, we will assess the techniques writers use to shape our responses, and invite us into their work.

Course aim

The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities to discuss and analyse a wide range of literature in English, focusing specifically on the context of each text and the writers' varying techniques.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is open to anyone with an avid interest in literature.

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

  • Improve my capacity to analyse a range of literature.
  • Improve my understanding of the context of a range of literature.
  • Gain confidence in sharing my ideas in class discussion.
  • Gain confidence in my ability to evaluate a piece of literature, and make my own judgement upon it.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • The teaching in this course is based on discussion and question and answer. You will be asked to do some reading in advance towards the end of the course, as we shall be studying a complete novel together.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You can expect verbal feedback from the tutor during the progress of the course.

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to bring a pen and paper to each session. You will also need to get a copy of the set text for the closing weeks of the course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Literature Appreciation


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