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 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

  2. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Invasion and expansion: the English language in Medieval literature

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the origins and development of the English language in the manuscript age by engaging with its literature, from the earliest known works of the Anglo-Saxons to Caxton and the beginning of the printed word.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Literary evening lectures

    Course Date: Thu 15 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy talks and discussion on authors and literary topics that influenced and continue to impact on our understanding of prose, poetry and drama. Our June lecture is given by Peter Brennan: D.H. Lawrence’s ‘Prodigious Journey’ – a reassessment of Anaïs Nin’s 'An Unprofessional Study'.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  13. Lost and found: rediscovering world fiction

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read outstanding long and short fiction in English and in translation, spanning much of the 20th century, from all over the world. These include 'A Tale Without a Name' by Penelope Delta (Greece), 'Subtly Worded and Other Stories' by Teffi (Russia), 'Ancient Tillage' by Raduan Nassar (Brazil) and 'The Crow Eaters' by Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistan).
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  14. Play in a day: Cymbeline

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read or seen the play but want to know more? This course examines the background to Shakespeare's 'Cymbeline', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Romantic poets: 1789-1842

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Wordsworth to Christina Rossetti, we explore the impulses that created Romantic poetry – how honest expression of feeling became the measure of poetic inspiration and the problems this caused especially for women poets.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

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