What is the course about?
The course covers poetry, prose and drama. There will be a selection of poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. Poets include Robert Browning, Emily Bronte, Gillian Clarke and Simon Armitage. For the prose, you will read and discuss Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier and Up the Junction by Nell Dunn (screen adaptations of these will also be discussed). You will read, discuss and view two plays: Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde and Comedians by Trevor Griffiths, in terms of theme, character and language, and how they work as performance texts.
Course tutor: Siv Jansson.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
All texts will be read and discussed in terms of structure, characterisation, technique, historical and cultural context and their appeal or success as literary texts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Read and discuss texts in terms of literary criteria
-Place texts studied into a clear historical and cultural context
-Identify key aspects of the work of the selected writers.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level of the course is introductory. No previous knowledge or experience of literature is necessary. However,
learners will, ideally, need the following skills and attributes:
An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class.
An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.
A commitment to acquiring and developing ways of understanding how writers use language to achieve effect.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A variety of teaching methods will be used including tutor input, large and small group discussion, video/dvd and
reading. You will be asked to read the text before the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to buy or obtain from a library copies of the texts to be studied (any editions are acceptable):
Don’t Look Now (Daphne du Maurier)
Up the Junction (Nell Dunn)
Lady Windermere’s Fan (Oscar Wilde)
Comedians (Trevor Griffiths).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see HLT184 Exploring Literature: an introduction to poetry
Please also see our range of Literature courses under Humanities in the prospectus and under History, Culture and Writing on the website at www.citylit.ac.uk.