The Literature of the 1970s

This course looks at a selection of texts from the 1970s and locates them in the literary, political and sociological climate of the period. Authors to be studied include Hughes, Levin, Schaffer, Böll, Jhabvala, Malouf.

Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 February; 1, 8 March 2019

Fridays: 10.30 – 12.30

Course code: 18TON374

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This course looks at a selection of texts from the 1970s, considering them not only as important works of literature, but also as part of an historical, sociological and political continuum. Through a sample of texts across the three genres of poetry, drama and prose and from a selection of countries, we will attempt to identify the key political and literary concerns of the period. Authors studied will include: Ted Hughes (Crow), Ira Levin (The Stepford Wives), Peter Shaffer (Equus), Heinrich Böll (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (Heat and Dust) and David Malouf (An Imaginary Life).

Required reading

Week 1: Ted Hughes, Crow (1970)

Week 2: Ira Levin, The Stepford Wives (1972)

Week 3: Peter Schaffer, Equus (1973)

Week 4: Heinrich Böll, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1974)

Week 5: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust (1975)

Week 6: David Malouf, An Imaginary Life (1978)

 Additional information

This course is suitable for beginners, intermediates or advanced students.

This course allows you to spend time exploring a subject for interest, among like-minded people, without formal assessment.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of the literature of the 1970s and view the selected texts as a continuum as well as products of their specific time.
  • Identify and explain some of the themes and anxieties expressed through literature in the 1970s.
  • Interpret literary texts in a critical way, illustrating arguments with carefully chosen examples.
  • Demonstrate knowledge through the construction of critical arguments and present and defend those arguments confidently amongst peers.

    About the tutor

    Sarah Anthony studied for her Masters degree with the Open University specialising in postcolonial nineteenth century literature. For the last 12 years she has taught undergraduate students and adult learners in courses ranging from Shakespeare to the postmodern. She currently teaches for the University of Kent and the WEA.

    Location

    Tonbridge
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    £90

    Contact

    Tonbridge Centre
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