Clash of Values

Ref: C3744656

We will start by considering Arthur Miller’s 'A View from the Bridge', a tragedy about obsessional love and issues of honour, justice and ‘family’. We will then discuss some short stories by the Irish writer Claire Keegan. The course will end with a study of T. S. Eliot’s 'Four Quartets'. Eliot’s challenging and memorable poem explores the spirit of place; the roles of air, earth, water and fire; the beauty of the four seasons; and experiences of loss and renewal.

Course aim

We will consider the themes, style and structure of contrasting literary works. The texts are Arthur Miller's play 'A View from the Bridge', short stories by Claire Keegan, and T. S. Eliot's poem 'Four Quartets'.

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 some of the key elements of drama in 'A View from the Bridge'.
  • Discuss the social, psychological, and ethical themes in the chosen works.
  • Analyse the themes and memorable aspects of the style in key passages of writing.
  • Comment on the use of contrasting settings and imagery in 'Four Quartets', and discuss the use of different kinds of poetry.
  • Gain confidence in discussing ideas and in listening to differing points of view.

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. Your tutor recommends the Methuen Student edition, edited by Stephen Marino (published by Bloomsbury). At the first session we will discuss the themes and 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, key features of the dialogue, and the use of the setting 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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