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English Literature Appreciation

People's College

This course aims to guide students through some classics of English Literature.

  • Date: Feb 04, 2019 - May 06, 2019
  • Day: Monday
  • Time : 6.15pm- 7.45pm
  • Category: The Arts
  • Venue : The People's College, 31 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
  • Cost: €100 for twelve classes

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Course details

AUTUMN Theme: Creating a Monster
Set Texts:
Pygmalion – a play by George Bernard Shaw
Galatea 2.2 – a novel by Richard Powers
Frankenstein – a novel by Mary Shelley
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Classes are friendly, relaxed and the aim is to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the novels.
This course offers a friendly, relaxed and stimulating journey through some great works of literature. It can best be described as a teacher led, student centred book club. The tutor tends to put forward lots of ideas about a text when introducing it and the class members are sufficiently enthused to ponder and discuss their own opinions and research.
In the autumn term we will read four texts, the general theme being the creation of a being which develops a mind of its own. How could a nineteen year old girl could write something as mind-blowing as Frankenstein?
After Christmas we will explore the works of four incredibly talented modern Canadian writers. These are all brilliant works but the standout novel is, perhaps, Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed, which is a retelling of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. A Canadian theatre director is usurped from his job and gets his revenge.

SPRING TERM:- Four Modern Novels by Canadian Authors -
Set Texts:
Hag-Seed – a novel by Margaret Atwood
The Stone Diaries – a novel by Carol Shields
In the Skin of a Lion – a novel by Michael Ondaatje
Dear Life – short stories by Alice Munro

New members are particularly welcome.

Tutor: Stephen O'Kane BA (Hons), DipM

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Course added on: 16/07/2013
Details last updated on: 27/11/2018

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