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Season 1 Episode 856700

The Village In English Fiction

Aired Unknown Apr 25, 2009 on BBC
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The Village In English Fiction
Learn how the idea of the village has inspired many classic English authors, from Thomas Hardy to George Eliot, and how it functions as a literary setting. The village has been seen as an idyllic setting, but also one in which tragedy and disaster unfolds. You will learn how the village has been idealised, exploited and even satirized in the works of authors like Stella Gibbons and Dylan Thomas. The influence of the village is felt today in the work of modern artists, who are in turn inspired by classic poets and novelists. By using the setting of the village as a literary device, writers produce works of all genres, from romance to satire, comedy to horror. Has the perception of the village grown weaker or stronger now that urban centers have expanded so much?moreless

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