Literature - Reading Jane Eyre

Ref: C3530635

Jane Eyre is one of the finest novels, not only of the nineteenth century, but of any time. It was composed under great pressure by a woman who honed her writing skills within a very tight family group. It was written in a parsonage in Yorkshire by a woman who had no connection with the literary establishment whatsoever and who set out as a complete unknown. Jane Eyre sealed Charlotte Bronte's reputation as a novelist of extraordinary emotional power. On this course, we will look at Charlotte's own personal history and the experiences which went into her writing. More importantly, we will consider how Jane Eyre still speaks to us today and what makes it such an original, moving piece of writing.

Course aim

This course aims to give an introduction to Jane Eyre, the great nineteenth novel by Charlotte Bronte.

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:

  • Understand several aspects of Charlotte's life story.
  • Discuss how Jane Eyre was written, and the conditions in which it was written.
  • Consider some aspects of the social context of this novel.
  • Explore the language of this novel, its poetry and range of feeling.
  • Discuss the influence of Jane Eyre, and of the Bronte sisters in general.

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to bring your own copy of Jane Eyre to the course. Any edition will do.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will need to have read Jane Eyre before the start of the course.

What can I do next?

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

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Literature - Reading Jane Eyre

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