Literature: The Bloomsbury Circle

Ref: C3676353

The Bloomsbury Group were a coterie of English writers, artists, philosophers and critics (plus one economist) who rose to prominence in the first half of the 20th century. Dorothy Parker reportedly quipped: 'they lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles' and one of the aims of this course is to critically explore the group's reputation as a bohemian circle of intellectuals whose works and ideas profoundly influenced the Arts in ways that no prior movement had done. Due to the literary nature of this course, the reading scope has been broadened to include some not-strictly-Bloomsbury writers, such as Katherine Mansfield, T.S. Eliot and Vita Sackville-West, whose association with the core group and the Hogarth Press qualify them as peripheral members. Some of the themes and topics we will explore include identity, imperialism, war, modernism and literary/artistic innovation.

Course aim

This course provides an introduction to the literary works of the Bloomsbury Group and their contemporaries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is open to all, however, do bear in mind that the class consists of a core group of returning students who have attended my previous courses. That being said, we welcome new students gladly! Please contact the tutor for more information on how to enrol.

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

  • Confidently engage in discussions about the Bloomsbury Group and their works
  • Understand why the Bloomsbury Group were influential within the Arts
  • Understand the contexts that informed these works of literature

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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?

  • Please contact the tutor for the reading list. Most of the books on the reading list should be available from public libraries, or you can purchase copies cheaply online/in second-hand bookstores.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required and you will need to source copies of the books yourself. Please contact the course tutor for the reading list and further information.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Literature: The Bloomsbury Circle


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