History | The Novel as Social History: North And South Divide - Industrial, Rural And Urban Lives

Course Type: Adult leisure and hobby Campus: Central Brighton Campus

Why this course?

Unique course comprising literature, social and cultural history, book club – and lively discussion! Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story - enthralling ‘other’ information about people, relationships, class and place.

We study the social and cultural history of the novel by exploring background information we are absorbing unwittingly and which is not the main theme, but which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of period and general minutiae of everyday life Within every piece of fiction is a wealth of information on culture and social life which can lead us into a deeper understanding of a subject, time or place, period in history, genre, working conditions, habits, style or social trend that we might pursue further, or deepen our knowledge and intensify our interest.

You are expected to participate in group discussion in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This term’s novels include: “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell, “Cider with Rosie” by Laurie Lee and “The Dreaming Suburb” by R.F. Delderfield. Full reading list from tutor: SARAH.TOBIAS@gbmc.ac.uk

Key Features
  • Fascinating social history
  • Colourful images
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Lively class discussion
  • Amusing and friendly tutor

Tutor: Sarah Tobias

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
CL0026-1C 02 Oct 2021 Central Brighton Fortnightly Saturdays - 11am - 2pm 5 fortnightly Saturdays £98.00

Course content

Over the duration of the course you will gain a deeper understanding of class. Within every piece of fiction is a wealth of information on culture and social life, which can lead us to a deeper understanding of a subject, time or place, period in history, genre, working conditions, habits, style or social trend that we might pursue further, or deepen our knowledge and intensify our interest. 

You will be expected to participate in group discussion and this term’s novels include: 

  • The Nether World by George Gissing
  • The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison
  • The House in Dormer Forest by Mary Webb
  • They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple
  • Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett

Please request full reading list from tutor Sarah Tobias: sarah.tobias@gbmc.ac.uk. 

Why the MET?

  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • High quality learning resource centres providing library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

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This course is eligible for a 50% discount if you are in receipt of certain benefits. Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for this discount here.

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