Course Code: 3XEN10C20
Start Date: 21/04/2021Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 10
The Edwardian literary scene was quite diverse with some writers still writing in the realist mode of the nineteenth century, whereas others were experimenting with new forms as the impact of modernity was felt in all aspects of life. In this course we look at two writers who represented the age in terms of the conventions of the realistic novel of contemporary social life. Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives Tale (1908), his most successful work, charted the lives of two sisters from the Potteries – whose lives take different directions – over a number of decades skilfully observing the passing of time. H. G. Wells’ Kipps (1905) deals in a comic and satiric way with social aspiration.