Problems of Love and Identity

Ref: C3744550

We will discuss two contrasting plays and a memorable novel. We will begin by discussing Arthur Miller’s play 'A View from the Bridge', a powerful tragedy about obsessional love and complex problems of family loyalty, honour and justice. Meera Syal’s novel 'Anita and Me' portrays issues of growing up and education; the experience of cultural diversity; and coping with suffering and change. Meera Syal creates a fascinating mixture of comedy, warmth and pathos. Shelagh Delaney’s sensitive play 'A Taste of Honey' explores tensions between a mother and a daughter, the fragility of love, the kindness of an outsider, and the ability to endure. As well as discussing the themes and values of the chosen works, we will also look at different kinds of characterisation, the use of dialogue and descriptive writing, and the importance of structure.

Course aim

We will consider literary works that explore problems of identity and issues of friendship and love. The texts are Arthur Miller's play 'A View from the Bridge', Meera Syal's novel 'Anita and Me' and Shelagh Delaneys play 'A Taste of Honey'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is for anyone who is interested in Literature. There are no entry requirements apart from an interest and enthusiasm for Literature.

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

  • Discuss the social, psychological and cultural themes.
  • Comment on the key contrasts of character and the conflicting values.
  • Analyse the themes and use of language in key passages.
  • Discuss some of the key elements of drama in the plays.
  • Develop listening and discussion skills.

How will I be taught?

  • Your 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 will be asked to take part in discussion. You will have the opportunity to introduce a topic, but this is not required.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will give you informal feedback on your progress. You can contact your tutor by email if you need advice or feedback. If you feel shy about participating, your tutor will give you advice about how to build up your confidence.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a copy of Arthur Miller's play 'A View from the Bridge’ to the first class. The recommended edition is the Methuen Student Edition, edited by Stephen Marino, and published by Bloomsbury. At the first session we will discuss the themes and the contrasts of character in Act One.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • To prepare for the first class, please think about the themes, the contrasts of character, the importance of the setting, and key features of the dialogue in Act One of 'A View from the Bridge'.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • 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

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Problems of Love and Identity

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