Reading Short Stories: VS Pritchett & Elizabeth Taylor

Ref: C3530647

Discover, or rediscover, two important twentieth century authors as we discuss a selection of their short stories. Elizabeth Taylor has been described as a subtle, compassionate and deep writer. Her writing has also been described as wicked and subversive. She makes an interesting contrast to the dark, often humorous, view V.S. Pritchett provided of British society. We will consider their backgrounds, how they fitted into the literary scene, and discuss whether, between them, they map the changes of moral values, customs, speech, and details of everyday life from the 1930's to the 1990's. This course is based on two collections: Elizabeth Taylor, Complete Short Stories, & Essential Stories by VS Pritchett.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to twentieth century authors, V.S. Pritchett and Elizabeth Taylor, and provide an opportunity for critical discussion of a selection of their short stories.

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:

  • Compare and contrast approaches to story telling.
  • Identify some of the elements that make a short story successful.
  • Discuss the historical context of the given short stories.

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
  • Each session will focus on two stories by one of the authors. The tutor will supply a reading schedule. Please read The Saint, and, You Make Your Own Life by V.S. Pritchett for discussion at the first session.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring copies of: Elizabeth Taylor, Complete Short Stories,(Virago, 2012) ISBN-10: 1844088405 Essential Stories:VS Pritchett, (Modern Library, 2005) ISBN-10: 0812972945 (not currently in-print, but available as 'used book'.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be useful to read The Saint, and You Make Your Own Life, 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

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Reading Short Stories: VS Pritchett & Elizabeth Taylor

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