Online Taster: Odysseus on film, O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)

Ref: C3531143

This taster is a 90 minute live video learning session using zoom, (for more information see http://bit.ly/WEAonline). What has an ancient Greek hero got to do with the American South in the Depression years? Plenty – and nothing at all – according to film directors Joel and Ethan Coen. This session will consider whether the character of Ulysses Everett McGill (played by George Clooney) in the 2000 comic film O Brother Where Are Thou? is really “inspired by Homer’s Odyssey”, as the credits claim. After a brief introduction to Odysseus' origins in Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, we will look at ways this and other narrative texts 'inspired' the Coen brothers' vision for the film O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000). The session will introduce you to new ways of viewing and thinking about familiar stories in film.

Course aim

To find out more about the portrayal of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey and the Coen brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000), and consider what this tells us about the adaptation of classic texts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand how existing texts acted as inspiration for the film O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • Observe some similarities and differences between ancient and modern versions of the Greek hero Odysseus
  • Use this understanding to practise new ways of viewing and thinking about films inspired by classic texts

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You may find it helpful to have a pen and paper available during the session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but some knowledge of the texts to be discussed may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Online Taster: Odysseus on film, O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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