Literature - Middlemarch

Ref: C3530664

This course will study Eliot's classic novel set in the fictitious midlands town of Middlemarch during 1829 and 1832. The novel has a large cast of characters and incorporates a number of historical events. This course will consider the literary, social, historical, political and medical context of the novel.

Additional information about this course

NB No fee waiver available on this course

Course aim

This course will study George Eliot's classic realist novel Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life (1871/1872).

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:

  • demonstrate and awareness and knowledge of Eliot's novel.
  • understand some of the social, historical, political, medical and literary contexts of the novel.
  • be conversant with formal aspects of fiction such as narrative structure, point of view, narratorial devices.
  • participate in class discussion and evaluate primary source material.
  • formulate a response to the studied novel.

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
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will need to bring a copy of the novel to each class. Pens and paper for note taking will also be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The students will need to have begun reading the novel for the first class but it is not necessary to have finished it by the first meeting.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Literature - Middlemarch

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