Literature

We offer a wide range of literature courses at City Lit. From contemporary & classical literature, and novels to short stories, as well as our popular reading groups, you will find a course to suit your literary needs.
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  1. A journey through Boccaccio's Decameron

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the 'Arabian Nights', Boccaccio created the first Italian novel. He also went beyond Christian morality and contemporary canons to portray an extraordinary variety of themes, characters and settings. Includes scenes from Pasolini's eponymous film.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. A love of the Rack and the Screw: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These troubled poets’ tempestuous marriage produced some of the 20th century’s greatest poetry. We'll explore the work of both from romantic bliss to gothic violence to Hughes' final tender goodbye in 'Birthday Letters'.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £45.00

  3. A pilgrimage through Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on some key tales, we look at the early manuscripts, consider Chaucer's use of language and imagery, and explore themes that run through the Tales: corruption, religion, gender, and status in medieval society.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’s novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest nineteenth-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  5. Advanced studies in poetry, fiction and drama

    Course Date: Wed 23 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Saying something; not saying something: we will study a post-war English play and short novel, and poems by different American and European poets, which each take commitment and detachment, engagement and avoidance, as their theme or method.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Allende, Borges and Marquez: masters of Latin American storytelling

    Course Date: Sat 7 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore short stories from Jorge Luis Borges' 'Labyrinths' (1962), together with Gabriel Garcia Márquez's novella 'No one writes to the Colonel' (1961) & Isabel Allende's 'Los Cuentos de Eva Luna' (1989), investigating their unique approach to storytelling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. American literature: the landscape of the 'dream'

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The American reinvention of self changed pace after WW2. Read and discover fiction and drama of the 1950s that captured the changing sensibilities of the post-war world. Includes 'Giovanni's Room' by James Baldwin, stories by Flannery O'Connor and John Cheever and the play 'A Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansbury.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. An introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read and discuss three plays including The Doll's House (IF) by Ibsen, Richard II (IF) by Shakespeare and a play in production in London in terms of language, characterisation, ideas and how they work as performance texts. No class on 19 October.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. You will read and discuss a wide range of poetry and prose including the novel 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot and some short stories.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. An introduction to poetry: UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following on from Introduction to poetry 1, you will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy in terms of their styles and themes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. An introduction to the Beat Generation: Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs

    Course Date: Tue 13 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss this controversial mid-twentieth century American literary movement. See how these highly influential works question American values and refigure American identity, opening a path for the counterculture movements of the 1960s.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Charles Baudelaire: first poet of the modern city

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Baudelaire responded to living in 19th century Paris and created several new kinds of poetry - correspondences, urban symbolism, confessional verse and prose poetry which express personal experience more intensely than ever before.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. City Lit reading group 1

    Course Date: Fri 6 Oct 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'Station Eleven' by Emily St John Mandel. Monthly meetings on 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec, 12 Jan, 9 Feb, 9 March, 20 April, 18 May, 15 June.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  14. City Lit reading group 2

    Course Date: Fri 13 Oct 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read The Blazing World (IF) by Siri Hustvedt. Monthly meetings take place on 13 Oct, 10 Nov, 8 Dec, 19 Jan, 16 Feb, 16 March, 27 April, 25 May and 22 June.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  15. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss 3 classic plays : Euripides 'The Trojan Women', 'Measure for Measure' by Shakespeare and 'The Duchess of Malfi' by John Webster in terms of themes, language,and social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

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