Half day school - Lorna Doone, the book and local connections

Ref: C3530589

150 years since its publication, Blackmore's Lorna Doone provides us with a novel set in the 16th century at the time of the Monmouth Rebellion. However, this novel offers more than this in that we can also see how the text is shaped by the cultural influences of the century in which it was written.

Additional information about this course

No fee waiver is available

Course aim

This course will study Blackmore's 'Lorna Doone - A Romance of Exmoor' an historical novel set in late 17th century Devon and Somerset.

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:

  • understand this novel within the context of Victorian fiction.
  • understand the social and historical context of the novel.
  • understand certain aspects of narrative technique.
  • contribute to group discussion.
  • have more confidence in evaluating primary source material.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Pens and paper for note taking would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is helpful if people are familiar with the novel, extracts for discussion will be provided.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Half day school - Lorna Doone, the book and local connections


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