Anne Bronte and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Ref: C3744356

This course offers close study of Anne Bronte and her ground-breaking novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Although it was an instant success when published in 1848, it was seen by some as the most shocking of contemporary Victorian novels as it challenged existing social and legal structures. It is now recognised as one of the first sustained feminist novels. This is an opportunity to explore and evaluate the work and the life of, arguably, the least celebrated of the famous Bronte sisters.

Course aim

To mark the bi-centenary of Anne Bronte's birth, the course will explore her second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, in the context of the writer's life and times.

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:

  • Read and discuss The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Describe some of the techniques and themes in the novel
  • Extend my knowledge of the literary and social context of this novel
  • Evaluate the novel as an important feminist novel

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?

  • Please purchase Penguin Classics (1996), Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, intro by Stevie Davies ISBN-13: 978-0140434743

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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

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Anne Bronte and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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