(A quick ps - any letters missing from words are likely to be a g as the g is faulty)
In. February I will start a literature course with the Open University. I means I can study from home and only go to tutorials if I feel up to it. I will also be able to have a home exam if, as I think I will, I decide that I need to do my exam on a computer rather than on paper. I have arthritis in my hands which makes writing for a long time difficult. I also suffer from panic attacks and mild agrophobia.
With a view to this I've joined a 'smartgroup' on the course - which is peopled, at the moment, by those that started in February 2004 and are revising now for their exam later the month. I'm now being beseiged by emails in which they are setting one another questions on literature and poetry and answering the same.
poliphilo had to stop me from panicking when, on reading the first question I was sent, I couldn't understand it. Like he said I've not done any of the course yet I knew I wouldn't be able to answer it - but to not even understand the question. I've never done a course where I have to write essays and 'discuss'. poliphilo has, so he'll be helping me out - not too much I hope and as he can't sit the exam for me hopefully he'll help less and less as the course goes on.
I've already started reading the course books, which are: Pride & Prejudice, Top irls, reat Expectations, A Doll's House, As You Like It, King Henry V, Othello, Frankenstein, Fathers and Sons, The Color Purple and Romantic Writings: an Anthology.
The themes of the course are:
Romantic writings - 1780 to 1830 in Britain - poems by Blake, Wordsworth and others and drawing on recent studies of European female Romantic Writers.
Literature and gender - Exploring one of the most striking developments of recent years in the study of literature: the discovery of women's writing... You look at women writers such as Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, Virginia Woolf, Susan Glaspell and Caryl Churchill. How men convey both positive and negative images of women is also considered, through work by authors such as Alfred Tennyson and Henrik Ibsen.
Shakespeare, Aphra Behn and the canon - (having read Aphra Behn's The Rover I'm not sure she compares very well to Shakespeare).
I hope I can hack it.