George Eliot's behemoths: Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda

Ref: C3530837

Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda are George Eliot's longest novels and so warrant the in-depth study this course will offer. Dedicating 5 weeks to each novel we will study these novels in detail and gain an understanding of nineteenth-culture and society through the eyes of one of the most celebrated novelists of the Victorian age. George Eliot was a writer of intellect and passion and these two novels have, rightly, continued to be regarded as some of the most important works of fiction of the nineteenth century.

Course aim

This course will look at George Eliot's two longest novels, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda. Considered by many to be her most intellectual and challenging works they also provide a detailed exploration of nineteenth-century culture and society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of the writing of George Eliot.
  • demonstrate an understanding of manys aspect of nineteenth-century society and culture.
  • demonstrate an understanding of literary techniques such as narratorial choice, free indirect speech, imagery, extended metaphor, themes and motifs.
  • participate in group discussion.
  • progress on to other seminal nineteenth-century works of fiction.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to have a copy of each of the two novels to bring to the classes. Notebook and pen would be useful too.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • We will study Middlemarch first and then Daniel Deronda, as such it would be helpful if students had made a start on the reading. We will be going through the two novels systematically but I think to have made at least a good start on the reading would be beneficial.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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George Eliot's behemoths: Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda

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