Course title:
Writing in The Shadows: The Work of Mark Rutherford with Dr Mark Crees
Mark Crees
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Tue 18 Jan 2022 19:00 PM - 20:30 PM 1.5
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 1.5
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 1.5
Tue 18 Jan 2022
19:00 PM - 20:30 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
£5.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
This course is for beginners and improvers
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
Nothing else needed.
Course aim:
To provide an introduction to Mark Rutherford, a little known but vital Victorian autobiographical writer.
Course description:
It is a strange, almost unlikely story, but it happens to be true. 1881 saw the publication of a very short but moving autobiography, written by a man who had recently passed away. His name was Mark Rutherford. He died completely unknown and forgotten, but left behind him a series of deeply moving books, all of which, in their own quiet way, changed the course of English Literature. Dr Crees has been researching Rutherford for over thirty years and during this talk he will be sharing his own investigations into the life and work of this curious, missing writer. All of Rutherford’s novels are about ordinary people who face a sudden turning point in their lives. They touch upon matters of religious faith and personal discovery. They also force us to acknowledge that our literary heritage has been shaped not only by a few famous writers, but by those whose names have all but vanished from living memory and who rest in unvisited tombs.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. understand the value of reading and studying a psychological novelist.
2. explore how lesser-known writers can shape our culture, albeit from the shadows.
3. explore something of the historical context in which Rutherford was writing
4. recognise the range of Rutherford;s output, as novelist, essayist, poet and translator.
5. understand something of the role of autobiographical writing in our culture.
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