British Literature 1900-1950: a taster
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HLT282
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
The first half of the twentieth century was a period of unprecedented social, political and psychological change in Britain. Writers responded by tackling the major concerns of the time, such as fading empire, national identity, two world wars and political movements like fascism and socialism, with a huge variety of innovative literary responses that also sought to convey the impact of such change on the individual psyche.
This course gives a taste of some of the most important texts of the period, including E. M. Forster’s romantic critique of the Edwardian era, A Room with a View; Virginia Woolf’s masterly study of post-WWI London society, Mrs Dalloway; and the exciting new poets who emerged in the 1930s, including Stevie Smith and W. H. Auden. This one-day course stands on its own but is also a taster for the full 8-week course, 'British Literature 1900-1950', starting in the Autumn 2022.
What will we cover?
• Manners, Morals and Romance: E. M. Forster
• Being and Time in Post-War London: Virginia Woolf
• Industrial Technology, Political Upheaval and the Threat of War: 1930s Poets.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss extracts from significant British novels and poems from the first half of the twentieth century
• Understand some of the ways in which these texts both reflect and embody social, political and psychological change
• Recognise some of the techniques and styles of some of the most important writers of the period.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For anyone who enjoys reading and discussing literature and is interested in sharing ideas and listening to the views of others.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The classes will be highly participatory and interactive, with a combination of tutor presentation, pair and group work, close reading exercises and class discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Extracts will be provided before and during the class by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for British Literature 1900-1950, which will start in September 2022. For other literature courses,
please go to www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing/Literature.
Lewis Ward is a London-based teacher and editor. His PhD (University of Exeter) focused on history, memory and trauma in contemporary narratives. He has taught at four UK universities, covering most literary periods and genres along the way.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.