Literature Courses in London

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. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and find out what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three classic plays, including Othello by Shakespeare, Uncle Vanya by Chekhov,

    Agamemnon from The Oresteia by Aeschylus in terms of themes, language, political, social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  3. Writing through the Harlem Renaissance: Cane & The Invisible Man

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Weaving history, diverse traditions and a collage of voices, we will explore the struggle and celebration of black experience through Jean Toomer’s Cane and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, both growing out of the explosion of Black art during the Harlem Renaissance.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. "Beware, beware! his flashing eyes, his floating hair!": Romantic Poets 1789-1862

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  5. The 'superfluous man' in 19th century literature

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class explores the subject of the superfluous man in nineteenth-century literature, investigating the origins of the subject in the Romantic movement, its flourishing in masterpieces of nineteenth-century Russian literature, and variations on its character and ideas in European and American literature up to the turn of the twentieth century.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Writing on the walls: London prose in the late 20th century 1989-2000

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Centring on two of the most significant late twentieth-century London novels, Martin Amis’s London Fields (1989) and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000), this course explores both their wider and more immediate contexts while considering their approach to characterisation, narrative and the on-going relevance of the novel form.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. "In the beginning was the Word": literature and the Bible

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Bible has been a major source for literature and art, but we don’t often examine how such influence plays out. From the orthodox to the heretical, from the subtle to the absurd, this course will explore and analyse works that adapt and draw from scripture to surprising effect.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Twentieth century world fiction

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continuing a popular occasional series of courses, we will be reading newly translated or freshly rediscovered works of fiction from Europe and Latin America, several of them published by Penguin Modern Classics, by great writers of the mid-twentieth century. Readings include The Beseiged City by Clarice Lispector (Brazil), Malina by Ingeborg Bachman (Austria), Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki (Greece), Springtime in a Broken Mirror by Mario Benedetti (Argentina), The Foolish Virgins by Ida Simon and The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. British literature: 1950-2000

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ways in which writers from Philip Larkin to Zadie Smith have expressed ‘being British’ in literature, during a period when the idea of Britishness itself was radically and rapidly changing.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  10. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. Come and enjoy reading and discussing a range of poetry and prose including short stories and the novel, 'A Passage to India' by E M Forster. Lots of lively discussion.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  11. William Blake: 'Eternity's sun rise'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss Blake’s epic attempt to encourage us to throw off our “mind-forg’d manacles”. A representative selection of his writings (and most potent images) – from the Songs to The Four Zoas – will be considered.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Apocalypse London: the city in science fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore representations of London in works of dystopian/science fiction, written between the 1890s and the 1970s.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. 19th Century American visionaries

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the key works of writers who together created American literary modernity out of the most disparate of backgrounds, beliefs and passions, reinventing the novel, epic and lyric poetry in their search for forms expressive of the entire human adventure, its heroic restlessness and its private terrors.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. An introduction to poetry: John Donne and Shakespeare's sonnets

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by John Donne and William Shakespeare.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  15. Contemporary international fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 11 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does the contemporary mean and how can we represent it in fiction? In this course, we seek to broaden our notions of the immediate moment through studying the work of several international authors publishing astonishing fiction. Authors include Elena Ferrante, Sayaka Murata and Han Kang.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

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