Louisa May Alcott: The Marches and the Alcotts

"Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents" and so begins one of the earliest realistic novels about young people, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Like so many first novels it is famously autobiographical - but if that were true, Louisa certainly did a hatchet job on her brilliant and unusual family. Just how accurate was her picture of her family? Did fame and fortune after a lifetime of struggles mean she lived happily ever after? Are the books she is known for really what she wanted to write? Or is there another side to this author of sweet morality?

This course will be delivered both face-to-face at WEA Sydney and online via the online platform Zoom simultaneously. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer if they are attending via Zoom or have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling into the face-to-face class.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Little Women
  • Good Wives
  • Little Men
  • Jo's Boys
  • An Old Fashioned Girl
  • Eight Cousins
  • Rose in Bloom
  • Under the Lilacs
  • Jack and Jill
  • Hospital Sketches
  • Behind a Mask
  • The Abbot's Ghost
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase
  • A Modern Mephistopheles

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Family: Amos Bronson Alcott (Father), Abigail May Alcott (Mother), Meg and Anna, Beth and Lizzie, Amy and May
  • Childhood: Religion, Feminism
  • Love life: Laurie, Professor Bhaer, Love
  • Work and the War
  • Writing: Children’s books, Adult books
  • Her Success and Legacy

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss
    • Life story of Louisa May Alcott
    • Her influences
    • Her character
    • Her creative works
    • Her other contributions
    • Her impact
    • Contrasts between her fictional characters and their real life inspirations
  2. Evaluate the quality of her work, children’s and adult
  3. Discuss responses to her character, influences, and decisions
  4. Discuss the ethics and effectiveness of how she used the people she knew in her fiction
  5. Appreciate the contribution of Alcott has made to children’s literature
  6. Appreciate the strengths of her writing
  7. Sympathise with her internal conflicts, and how much she was a survivor
  8. Want to read more by her and about her
$39 Limited

<p>"Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents" and so begins one of the earliest realistic novels about young people, <em>Little Women</em> by Louisa May Alcott. Like so many first novels it

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01 May
$39 Limited

<p>"Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents" and so begins one of the earliest realistic novels about young people, <em>Little Women</em> by Louisa May Alcott. Like so many first novels it

...
01 May

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