Literature: Three Victorians - Eliot, Hardy and Rutherford - With Dr. Mark Crees

Ref: C3532110

The idea of life as a journey is not a new one. For many nineteenth-century writers, the novel became the ideal vehicle with which to follow the course of a life unfolding, with its many struggles, its changes in faith and feeling. And the search for love is at the centre of these three fictional journeys. On this course we will study 'Scenes from Clerical Life' by George Eliot, 'Under the Greenwood Tree' by Thomas Hardy, and 'The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford - Dissenting Minister'. You may be coming to these writers for the first time, or they may be firm favourites of many years standing. Either way, this course offers a fresh look at the Victorian novel. There will also be time to study some poems from the same period. This course is a fully online with no physical meeting space, accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software.

Course aim

This course will explore three nineteenth century novelists, all deeply concerned with matters of faith and feeling. We will study work by Thomas Hardy, George Eliot & Mark Rutherford.

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

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

  • explore how the Victorian novel relates to the struggles, and problems, of every day life.
  • explore the literary techniques and voices, of three leading nineteenth century novelists.
  • identify some of the recurrent intellectual ideas of the nineteenth century.
  • understand the historical and social context in which these three writers were working.

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
  • You will need to locate your own copies of the texts. It may be a challenge to find copies of Mark Rutherford in a bookstore, but old copies are easily found, quite cheaply, on Abe books. You can also read him, for free, on line on 'Project Gutenberg.'

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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 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
  • You will need to access these three texts. Any edition will do. Scene from Clerical Life - George Eliot. Under the Greenwood Tree - Thomas Hardy The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford. These texts can also be read on-line, for free, on 'Project Gutenberg.' https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Literature: Three Victorians - Eliot, Hardy and Rutherford - With Dr. Mark Crees

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