Trollop - The Barchester Chronicles

Ref: C3531085

This course will study The Warden and Barchester Towers which make up the first two novels of the Barchester Chronicles series by Anthony Trollope. This series of novels are probably the most universally popular novels by this great Victorian novelist and The Warden and Barchester Towers introduce us to a set of characters that have become amongst the best known in literature; from the quiet Reverend Septimus Harding who is the moral centre of these novels to the odious Obadiah Slope; there is so much in these two novels to enjoy.

Course aim

This course will look at the first two novels in the Anthony Trollope series of the Barchester Chronicles.

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 two novels by participating in group discussion
  • demonstrate an understanding of many aspects of nineteenth-century society and culture
  • demonstrate an understanding of literary techniques such as narratorial choice, free indirect speech, characterisation and plotting.

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?

  • It will be useful if you can bring a copy of the novels to the sessions and have read them in advance of the sessions.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It will be useful if you have made a start on reading the novels before the course commences. We will spend the first few weeks on The Warden before moving on to Barchester Towers.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Trollop - The Barchester Chronicles

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