Literature for life

This course explores the big issues of human existence through literature linked by a common theme about human experience. The books are written by authors from different countries and cultural contexts. The course brings people together who share an interest in the power of literary language to convey life experiences. The tutor provides academic material to interpret the texts, with mini lectures and the option of writing an essay. Your work will receive detailed, encouraging feedback which will help you develop your essay writing skills and build confidence.

Literature for Life

When Evenings 6.15pm to 8.15pm

8 meetings Autumn Term

1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov and 3 Dec 2019

Where University Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB 
Tutor Dr Stephen Derry

Life and Art

Victorian writers of both sexes often felt compelled to explore the competing demands of Life - money, marriage, parenthood - and Art, whether poetry, painting, or music. We will examine three classic texts to discover how their difficulties and dilemmas may still resonate today.


Elizabeth Barrett  Browning Aurora Leigh

George Du Maurier Trilby

Kate Chopin  The Awakening 

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Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
11 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

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Course fee payments are made using the University secure online shop. Advance booking is required. Booking closes two days prior to the course start date.


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