Text into Film: Prize Winners

Ref: C3530611

This course examines three prize-winning novels from their conception through to their various film versions: “The English Patient”, “A Month in the Country”, and “Hotel du Lac”. There will be a special focus on social history, including the life and times of each author.

Additional information about this course

NB There is no session on 17th February

Course aim

To explore the links between literature, film, and social history. We will read a text closely; be it poem, novel, film or painting. We will then examine its literary and historical context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Must be able to read English.

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

  • Describe Michael Ondaatje’s life and career.
  • Analyse the cuts made to "The English Patient", a book that was thought to be ‘unfilmable’.
  • State what film critic Roger Ebert said about “The English Patient”.
  • Discuss the implications of Anita Brookner finding the film of her novel “far more glossy than I imagined”.
  • Name the playwright who adapted J.L. Carr’s novel and his original working title for the film.

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
  • People will be expected to keep up with the reading and to contribute in class discussions (if they wish to do so).

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Feedback will be informal; there will be no formal tests or exams.

What else do I need to know?

  • Set texts (3 novels) Michael Ondaatje “The English Patient”; Anita Brookner “Hotel du Lac”; J.L. Carr “A Month in the Country” (the books will be studied in that order).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It will be helpful to have begun the Ondaatje novel prior to the first session.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

Download full course information sheet

Text into Film: Prize Winners

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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