Americans in Paris

Ref: C3744308

The Gertrude Stein Salon in Paris at the start of the 20th century was influential in bringing together artists, writers and thinkers who would help define modernism in literature and art. This five week course will begin by looking at Stein’s literary works, and by exploring the influence she had on the art world in Paris. We will follow this with a consideration of the works of two other key American writers who moved in the same artistic circle: firstly Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, an autobiographical account of his life in Paris; and Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises, exploring the Lost Generation and Paris in the 1920s; then The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald, whose life and work illustrated the flamboyance and excesses of the Jazz Age.

Course aim

To explore the lives and works of three Americans living and writing in Paris in the 1920s. We will begin with the influence of the Gertrude Stein salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus, and go on to look at texts by Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald.

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:

  • Understand the importance of the Stein Salon in influencing the art and literature produced in Paris in the 1920s.
  • Engage with some of the interests and preoccupations of 3 key American writers.
  • Understand the so-called 'Jazz Age' in its socio-political context.
  • Engage with literary texts in a critical way and share my findings with fellow students.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring the core texts to each class. These may be available from the library.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Week 1: 27 Rue de Fleurus – the Gertrude Stein Salon. No pre-reading required. Week 2: Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast Week 3: Ernest Hemingway, Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises Week 4: F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Week 5: F Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Americans in Paris

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  • 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
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