Exploring literature: an introduction to prose and drama
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: HLT183
Duration: 11 sessions (over 13 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this online literature course we will spend half of the sessions on each genre. In the drama section we will look at characterisation, dialogue, structure, theme and how they work as performance texts.
The prose section will explore narrative and descriptive techniques used by the writers and consider how the times they were written in influence them. We will consider the nature of the short story and what is distinctive about it.
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 way prose writers use natural description, how they create characters and what themes they are exploring in their work.
In the drama section we will consider how the plays would work in the theatre and how they reflect the social and political circumstances in which they were written. We will read extracts from the plays aloud in class, although students can choose not to take part, if they prefer to listen.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Analyse and discuss dramatic and prose texts in an informed way and with confidence
Assess how the writers shape our responses to novels and short stories
Consider plays as both literary and performance texts
Understand the political and social circumstances that shaped the texts
Where appropriate, make links between the texts studied
Find inspiration for your own exploration of works of literature previously unknown to you.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for those who enjoy reading and discussing literature and are interested in sharing ideas and listening to the views of others.
You will need to be able to do some preparatory work outside the class to enable informed and in-depth textual discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a mixture of tutor presentation ,whole group and small group discussion.
You will be directed to online materials such as recordings of plays studied where available.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be directed to the short stories available on line or sent copies if unavailable.
Please buy or borrow:
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Penguin English Library, paperback)
Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen (Methuen Student Edition)
All my Sons by Arthur Miller (Penguin - in the edition with A View from the Bridge, if possible).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The follow on course will be HLT184 - Exploring Literature: an introduction to poetry
Look for other literature courses under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk.
Jenny has a BA in Literature and an MA in Performance Arts, She has taught English and Drama in schools and Further Education Colleges and English Literature at University level. She has taught Literature at The City Lit since 1998 and was the Co-ordinator for Literature and Film for the Humanities Department for several years. Jenny writes plays and poetry and has been a stand up poet.
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.