Vagabonds in modern fiction and film

Course Dates: 13/01/22 - 03/03/22
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Online
Tutors: 
“I aint got no home, I’m just a roamin’ round” (Woody Guthrie). This class explores the figure of the vagabond and representations of hardship and the road in works by celebrated authors and filmmakers. From Charlie Chaplin and George Orwell to Woody Guthrie and Agnès Varda, we investigate the historical and cultural contexts of the image of the vagabond in 20th century literature and cinema.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

Course Code: HLT62

Thu, day, 13 Jan - 03 Mar '22

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This class looks at different representations of the figure of the vagabond in 20th century literature and film, from Chaplin to Varda. In the introductory session we will explore the historical backdrop to the emergence of the vagabond from the Elizabethan period, through picaresque literature, and up to the 19th century, before investigating a range of major 20th century texts and films that put a spotlight on the vagabond and his/her place in society in different national, political, artistic and economic contexts.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We consider a rich selection of works by modern writers and filmakers, including Chaplin, Orwell, and Guthrie, to scrutinize the shifting representation of the vagabond and artistic engagement with the subjects of travel and displacement in important texts and films. We will look at the following authors and film makers:

George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London (1933)
Woody Guthrie, Bound for Glory (1943)
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (1980)
Ralph Ellison, “I Did Not Learn Their Names” (1996)
Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World (2009)
Film: Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times (1936)
Film: Agnès Varda, Vagabond (1985)

Second-hand copies of paperbacks are very cheaply available and films are available to view online. More information will be provided by the tutor in advance.



Second-hand copies of paperbacks are very cheaply available and films are available to view online. See no.6 for further information.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

•-Have developed literary, cinematic, historical, and cultural knowledge and expression, through varied reading on the subject of the vagabond in literature and film.
- Have developed understanding of key literary and cinematic works on poverty and displacement
-Have developed knowledge of the thematic, historical, literary and political contexts of the vagabond in literature and film.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No particular skills are needed other than an interest in literature and film.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The class will be held in 2-hour sessions over eight weeks. The first hour will be an interactive talk on the text, writer/director, themes and contexts. The following hour will be a round table and small group discussion of the texts/films in detail.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Just bring along a copy of the relevant text for discussion each week. Key links and excerpts will be supplied by the tutor.

Texts:
George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London (1933)
Woody Guthrie, Bound for Glory (1943)
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (1980)
Ralph Ellison, “I Did Not Learn Their Names” (1996)
Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World (2009)

All the books can be found on abebooks.co.uk or amazon.uk.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other courses in Literature under History, Culture and Writing/Literature on the website at www.citylit.ac.uk/courses.

Richard Niland

Richard Niland has published widely on Joseph Conrad and a range of other 19th and 20th century writers. He taught for many years at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is interested in the various intersections of literature, culture, politics, music and film in different global contexts.

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