English Classic Writers: Literary Lovers

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English Classic Writers: Literary Lovers

<p>Some live the love, and others write of it, but the most intriguing characters in literary history must surely be those who do both. Let’s explore the lives and work of four couples over the

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Some live the love, and others write of it, but the most intriguing characters in literary history must surely be those who do both. Let’s explore the lives and work of four couples over the centuries who have battled the world (and sometimes each other) and survived (or not) illness, and injury, poverty and madness, to create something that can live long after they are dust: Heloise and Abelard, Barrett and Browning, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Ruth Park and Darcy Niland.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Heloise and Abelard
    • Individual lives
    • How they met and why they fell in love
    • Time together
    • What separated them
    • Their writings and subsequent careers – influence on each other
    • Reunion
    • Significance
    • Representations in popular culture
  • Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
    • Individual lives and careers before they met
    • Her ill health
    • How they met and why they fell in love
    • Opposition to be overcome
    • Escape
    • Life together in Italy
    • Their writings during their marriage– influence on each other
    • Her death and his response
    • Significance
    • Representations in popular culture
  • Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald
    • Individual lives and careers before they met
    • How they met and why they fell in love
    • Opposition to be overcome
    • Life together: the Jazz Age
    • Zelda’s talents
    • Conflicts
    • Their writings during their marriage– influence on each other
    • Insanity
    • His response
    • Their lives apart
    • Significance
    • Similar couples: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, Tom and Vivienne Eliot, Laurence Oliver and Vivien Leigh
    • Representations in popular culture
  • Ruth Park and Darcy Niland
    • Individual lives and careers before they met
    • How they met and why they fell in love
    • Their writings during their marriage– influence on each other
    • Themes and values
    • His death and her response
    • Significance


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this talk students should be able to

  1. Describe the Life story of each of these writers
  2. Describe their influences, characters, dynamic as couples, books & legacy
  3. Discuss similarities and differences between the four couples.
  4. Evaluate the quality of their work.
  5. Discuss responses to their personal characters and relationship decisions.
  6. Want to read their books.