Determined Heroines

This course will examine a variety of ‘determined heroines’ within English language novels. The five novels examine the pressures these heroines face, look at their desire for independence and at their goals, and enable discussion to occur on whether or not their determination/stubborness can be seen as a strength or a weakness in terms of their personal happiness.


Course Tutor
Susannah Fullerton


Supplied Course Material
Charlotte Bronte, Villette
Elizabeth Gaskell, North & South
Anthony Trollope, The Small House at Allington
Joanna Trollope, The Rector’s Wife
Peter Goldsworthy, Honk if You are Jesus
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
5 units / $68 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D122


Getting Started

  1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
  2. Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
  3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.


Please note that additional postage (Cash on Delivery) for receiving course material will be required.