Film of the Book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT203
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is one of America’s most celebrated novels. Published in 1869, it charts the adolescence and young womanhood of the March sisters, growing up in Massachusetts. The novel’s popularity and familiarity with audiences across the world has led there to be several adaptations of the film. In our course, we will look at two versions, one from 1933, and one from 2018, and examine their particular readings of the book.
Please read the book before the start of the course for maximum enjoyment of the sessions.
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?
We will look at the novel itself and discuss its portrayal of sisterhood, family, and politics, and then think about how these ideas have been adapted and retooled in the films. We will think about the context of each film’s release, and ask questions about what it means to adapt famous novels into film.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss the novel confidently
- Identity key themes and ideas of the book
- Talk about adaptation and ideas of adaptation
- Identity political contexts that help shape each film.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to anyone who is interested in reading and discussing the novel and its film adaptations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught with some mini-introductory lectures, as well as group discussion. There will also be whole and small group work. Please read the book in advance to get maximum enjoyment of the sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please have your copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott with you.
The tutor will supply all other materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other Literature courses on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk/courses under Humanities, Culture and Writing/Literature.
Katie Da Cunha Lewin is a teacher and researcher based in London. She has a PhD in literature, focusing on the novels of J.M. Coetzee and Don DeLillo. She is the co-editor of Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives published by Bloomsbury and recently wrote an entry on Don DeLillo for the Dictionary of Literary Biography. In addition to teaching at City Lit, Katie teaches courses on literature, theory and film at the University of Sussex, Bishopsgate, the IF Project and at Picturehouse Cinemas.
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.