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. "Canterbury tales mural" by Ezra Winter, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith (public domain) - via Wikimedia Commons

    A pilgrimage through Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

    Course Date: Sun 2 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on the General Prologue, we look at the early manuscripts of the Tales, considering Chaucer's use of langage and imagery, and explore themes that run through the Tales: corruption, religion, gender, and status in medieval society.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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

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

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  3. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discuss themes of identity and connection in E.M. Forster's 'Howards End' and a selection of work by writers including D.H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  4. 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

  5. City Lit reading group 1

    Course Date: Fri 7 Oct 2016
    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 'A God in Ruins' by Kate Atkinson. Monthly meetings on 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 17 March, 5 May, 2 June and 30 June.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  6. City Lit reading group 2

    Course Date: Fri 14 Oct 2016
    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 'Mrs. Hemingway' by Naomi Wood. Monthly meetings take place on 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec, 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 March, 12 May, 9 June and 7 July.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  7. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read, view and discuss three classic plays: Euripides' 'Medea', Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and 'Dr. Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe in terms of themes, language, their social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts. No class on 14 February.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  8. Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 8 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the American literary scene at the end of the twentieth century and into the new millennium. Discover writers who voice the concerns of modern society as well as reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Includes Don DeLillo's Falling Man and Bark by Lorrie Moore.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. Contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Wed 11 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss a variety of poetry written in the last 50 years. We explore a range of poetry in terms of theme, style and viewpoints. (There will be no class on 15 Feb.).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. Drama in society

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore three plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts, in their social and political context: 'Ghosts' by Henrik Ibsen, Terence Rattigan's 'The Deep Blue Sea' and Tennessee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth'.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  11. Erudition and toque hats: Machiavelli's Prince and Castiglione's Book of the Courtier

    Course Date: Sat 29 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the most poignant ideas that emerged from the Italian Renaissance was the centrality of mankind. This new society, in which man could shape his own destiny, led to a new type of ruler and intellectual, which are perfectly described in Machiavelli's and Castiglione's works, a sort of handbook for the new age but with great literary value.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  12. Exploring slavery's interiorities: Toni Morrison's 'Beloved'

    Course Date: Sat 6 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Toni Morrison's lyric prose helps the reader grasp the psychological devastation wreaked by the institution of slavery by close observation of a community of ex-slaves recreating their lives after the holocaust. Please read the novel in advance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Film of the book

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read works of fiction and view their cinematic adaptations, considering if 'fidelity' is important in bringing a literary text to the screen. Includes Henry James' 'Washington Square' ('The Heiress', Wyler,1949), Daphne Du Maurier's 'The Birds' (Hitchcock, 1963) and Alice Munro's 'Runaway' ('Julieta', Pedro Almodovar, 2016). No class on 23 February.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  14. Frank O'Hara and the New York School

    Course Date: Sat 1 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Urbane, ironic, celebratory, wildly funny', Frank O'Hara's poetry registers the pulse of post-war New York, city of abstract expressionism, modern jazz and innovatory poets, many of whom circled O'Hara's sun.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Further advanced literary study

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, helping you to develop the rigour and skills that belong to higher level study. Topics include the post-modern and the post-colonial.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

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