Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore

Ref: C3530626

Since it was first published, in 1865, R.D. Blackmore’s novel has never been out of print. We’ll be asking what makes a compelling story, how this one works, and what it shows us about Victorian Britain and developments in novel-writing as we read Lorna Doone in easy stages. Please read to the end of chapter 6, for discussion at the first session.

Additional information about this course

NB No session on 28th October

Course aim

To discuss the background, construction, presentation and reception of the novel, Lorna Doone, and consider some of the circumstances that may have influenced R.D. Blackmore.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Assess the historical context of the novel, both in terms of the period it depicts and the period it was written in.
  • Discuss the significance of John Ridd's claim, at the opening of the novel, that this is a 'simple tale told simply'.
  • Identify key themes and evaluate how they are presented.

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • The tutor will provide a reading schedule for the course, so that we can discuss set sections of the novels each week.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • The tutor will provide a reading schedule for the course, so that we can discuss set sections of the novels each week.

What else do I need to know?

  • please bring an unabridged copy of Lorna Doone.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please read to the end of chapter 6 for discussion at the first session.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Reading groups Writing groups.

Download full course information sheet

Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore

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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