Femme Fatales

Ref: C3744434

'Femmes Fatales' are defined as 'irresistibly attractive women who bring difficulties or disaster to men: a siren'. They are an archetype of literature and art and we'll explore literary femme fatales starting with Medea and including Thackeray's Becky Sharp; Madame Bovary; Hardy's Eustacia Vye; Lady Audley; Margot Beste-Chetwynde in Waugh's 'Decline & Fall'; 'My Cousin Rachel' and Sarah in Greene's 'The End of the Affair'.

Course aim

Literary 'Femmes Fatales from Medea,including Becky Sharp; Madame Bovary; Eustacia Vye; Lady Audley; Margot Beste-Chetwynde & 'My Cousin Rachel'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You need to read the texts in advance of the particular session and bring a copy with you. Dates with specific books will be e-mailed/handed out

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

  • define 'femme fatales'
  • discuss whether specific heroines discussed on the course could be classified as femme fatales
  • critically read good quality literary texts
  • research biographical and other background data and acquire and analyse appropriate literary criticism

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • Ideally you'll need to have or borrow copies of the texts

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is important to read the texts in advance of the particular sessions in which they are to be studied; you may wish to read biographical material on the author and literary criticism of the text to aid your appreciation and the discussions

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Femme Fatales

Enrolment 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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