Literature: The ‘Other’ Elizabeth Taylor with Kim Shahabudin

Ref: C3533164

Described by Antonia Fraser as ‘one of the most underrated novelists of the 20th century’, Elizabeth Taylor’s quiet wit and observation of everyday life has divided literary opinion. While critics including Philip Hensher, Kingsley Amis and Hilary Mantel have praised her work, others have seen it as old-fashioned and mannered. Readers will wish to make up their own minds by reading the books themselves. This course will take a closer look at three of Taylor’s novels: A View of the Harbour, Angel, and Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.

Course aim

To read and discuss some works by the author Elizabeth Taylor, and to consider some reasons for the critical reception of her work.

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:

  • Discover more about the novels of Elizabeth Taylor
  • Read and discuss some novels in more detail
  • Consider the reasons for her critical reception

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No previous knowledge is assumed. You will get more from the course if you read the whole book, but short extracts for discussion will be downloadable from Canvas. Links to further reading will be provided for those who wish to extend their learning. A pen & paper may be handy for notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Literature: The ‘Other’ Elizabeth Taylor with Kim Shahabudin

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