Literature: The Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield - Online with Douglas Bence

Ref: C3531614

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom, a video conferencing software. You will need reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. We will dissect some of Katherine Mansfield's short stories through different aspects of her sadly short and tragic life. She had what can be diplomatically described as a 'difficult' personality, she was sexually adventurous and a compulsive liar. The course will cover her early years in New Zealand, later in Germany and France where she died.

Course aim

New Zealand-born Katherine Mansfield is hugely influential in the development of the modern short story. We will read and dismantle her work against a background of her short, controversial life. She died in France aged 34 in 1922.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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 course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Although the tutor has his own views on Katherine Mansfield as a person and as a writer, those who join the course will be encouraged to express their own ideas.

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

  • dissect at least one Mansfield story a week looking at how she influenced the short story form
  • look at her stories against a background of her life in Wellington, London, Cornwall, the hills west of Munich and the priory near Fontainebleau where she died
  • understand what the tutor calls the 'Cornish Catastrophe' covers the time during World War 1 when she and her husband shared a house with D.H. Lawrence
  • explore that although Mansfield influenced the so-called Bloomsbury set, she was never fully accepted by it and we will look at why this was
  • focus on how Mansfield got into the heads of her characters and how this approach influenced other writers

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 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
  • Participants will be expected to read at least one selected Mansfield story a week and be able to comment on it

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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

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 also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • 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
  • Students will be expected to read one Mansfield story before the course starts. A link will be provided at least a week before the course starts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Literature: The Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield - Online with Douglas Bence

Enrolment Conditions

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
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