Images of Masculinity in the English Novel

Ref: C3744631

Through a broad selection of 19th and 20th century novels, we consider some of the historical and socio-political implications relating to gendered writing.

Course aim

This course will study a range of texts to provide an introduction to representations of masculinity in the English novel.

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 and describe some historical constructions masculine authenticity.
  • Understand some concerns relating to gendered writing and its socio-political implications.
  • Describe some of the ways feminist thought may have influenced men's writing in the later 20th century 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
  • 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: R. L. Stevenson 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' (1886) Virginia Woolf 'Jacob's Room' (1922) William Golding 'Lord of the Flies' (1954) Ian McEwan 'The Child in Time' (1987) Graham Swift 'Last Orders' (1996)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be helpful for you to have read 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' 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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Images of Masculinity in the English Novel

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