Literature: 3 American Writers - Neal, Cather and Melville - With Dr. Mark Crees

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If recent events are anything to go by, it is clear that what happens in America, matters greatly to us here in the UK. The same goes for American culture and literature. Nearly a hundred years have passed since Zora Neal Hurston first started writing – with such warmth and vivacity - about the struggles of African Americans. We will be studying her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick remains the great novel which so many people intend to read, but never quite get around to. We will finish with Willa Cather’s beautiful My Antoniá, about the lives of immigrant prairie settlers. So what do these three writers tell us about our lives, and American lives, today? 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 provide an introduction to three great American writers, and the times - and cultural context - in which they were working.

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 the wealth of ideas and feelings coursing through modern American literature.
  • gain the foothold in the works of Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston and Herman Melville.
  • learn skills of close reading, paying particular attention to specific techniques different writers use.
  • learn how to organise your own notes and hunches when studying works of literature.
  • understand something of the historical context in which these 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

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 your own copies of 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville, 'Their Eyes Were Watching God,' by Zora Neal Hurston and 'My Antonia' by Willa Cather.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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?

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Literature: 3 American Writers - Neal, Cather and Melville - With Dr. Mark Crees

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