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. Old Norse poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dwarves, Valkyries, heroes, skulls, ale, and the end of the world: it can only be Old Norse poetry, written during the medieval period in Iceland and Scandinavia.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Short story reading group: classics to contemporary

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories where we will be reading "The Destructors" by Graham Greene and "How to Win" by Daisy Johnson. Meetings on 28 Oct, 2 December, 3 Feb, 9 March, 11 May and 22 June.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. Writing on the walls: London prose in the late 20th century 1973-1988

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at a selection of London prose writing from 1973 to 1988, this course explores key trends in literary depictions of the city to have emerged during this time. Including canonical and lesser-known writers, it offers a wide panorama as well as plentiful opportunities for close analysis.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  4. An introduction to poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to read and discuss poetry? Enjoy this introduction to a range of poetry from the last 400 years and explore how the poets shape our responses.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. Tolkien as translator

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the 20th century’s most popular authors, J.R.R. Tolkien was also a scholar of the medieval period. He translated the poetic masterpieces Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf. This course considers his translations, his style, and what it tells us about 20th century perceptions of medieval literature.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. From Maria Edgeworth to George Eliot: the British novel 1780 - 1880

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will give an overview of the key developments in the rise of the novel as it became the most popular written form between 1780 and 1880. It will explore different styles and developments in the novel and consider what made it such a success story in this period (and beyond!).
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Masters of style: reading and writing Hemingway

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ernest Hemingway was the master of minimalist short fiction where every word counted. While writing many drafts,

    he pared his writing down to what he felt was 'true'. This day workshop explores the literary interpretations of two of his seminal short stories and writing exercises that encourage you to experiment with Hemingway's style.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. "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

  14. Victorian visions

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “It was the best of times…it was the worst of times”

    How did the Victorians see the world? They lived through one of the most dramatic periods in our history – and their literature reflects that. Victorian Visions looks at a wide variety of themes in Victorian culture: from the city to the home, from dreams to nightmares, from faith to doubt, from morality to decadence.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. 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

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