Fanny Burney - Petts Wood Orpington Branch

Ref: C2421715

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At the age of twenty-five, Fanny Burney wrote a best-selling novel that brought her to public attention. Her deeply unhappy period as Assistant Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte made her a crucial eye-witness to George III's madness. Her marriage to a French emigrant brought her personal happiness, but also led to her being trapped in France at a time of war. Before her return to England she survived horrific surgery. Her novels are now little read, but she was a major literary influence on Jane Austen, and her diary provides us with one of our best sources for the Georgian period.

Course aim

to provide an introduction to the life of Fanny Burney and to explain her importance to British history and English literature.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • understand the main events in the life of Fanny Burney and be able to place her in the context of her times
  • recognise her contribution to English literature
  • understand the importance of her diary for an insight into late-Georgian politics and the life of the court

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The course will take the form of a PowerPoint presentation delivered via Canvas.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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

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Fanny Burney - Petts Wood Orpington Branch

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Waiting List Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our student privacy notice

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