Literature: Reading 1930 - Lawrence, Delafield & Sayers with Cath Humphris

Ref: C3533079

Join us in discussing three popular novels published in 1930. The Virgin and The Gypsy, is widely considered DH Lawrence's masterpiece. The Diary of a Provincial Lady, by EM Delafield has never been out of print. Originally conceived as a few 'vaguely comic pieces' to be written for a feminist periodical. Strong Poison was the fifth novel by Dorothy L Sayers. This novel divided her readers: some claimed that the introduction of a love interest was a distraction from the purity of detection. We will be thinking about the shape and scope of each of these novels. We will look at how the characters are presented, do they tell us about readers of the 1930s? How do their lifestyles and ideas impact on readers of the 21st century? Please read to the end of Chapter five of, The Virgin and The Gypsy, for discussion at the first session.

Course aim

To discuss our experience of reading three novels published in 1930 considering how the writers reflect society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Share my thoughts about what I've read.
  • Identify themes in the novels.
  • Consider how the characters are presented.
  • Compare and contrast writing techniques

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need to read copies of: The Virgin and The Gypsy, by DH Lawrence The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Literature: Reading 1930 - Lawrence, Delafield & Sayers with Cath Humphris

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