Recreating Henry James

Ref: C3744630

We explore the powerful and enduring hold of Henry James's writing on readers and writers alike through a selection of novels and short stories by James himself, and by other writers who have sought to express the essence of his literary power through biography, ventriloquism and imagination.

Course aim

This course explores a range of literature relating to the work of Henry James.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise Henry James's contribution to the development of the novel form towards the end of the nineteenth century.
  • Understand some issues relating to literary influence, including imitation, pastiche, the re-imagining of texts.
  • Describe key features of biographical writing, authenticity, the role of fictionalisation in establishing truth.

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
  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Texts to be studied are: Colm Toibin 'The Master' (2004) Henry James 'Daisy Miller' (1879, 'The Turn of the Screw' (1898) David Lodge 'Author Author' (2004) Henry James 'The Portrait of a Lady' (1882) John Banville 'Mrs Osborne' (2017)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be helpful for you to have read Colm Toibin's 'The Master' before the start of the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Recreating Henry James


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