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. In addition, please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
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  1. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three 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

  2. Introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss plays including 'Hamlet' by Shakespeare and 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller in terms of language, characterisation, ideas , structure and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  3. Joyce's toolkit

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Homer's Odyssey, Hamlet and selections from Joyce's Portrait of the Artist, considering the questioning and dissenting mind across ages. Satisfying on its own, this course will be excellent preparation for a study of Joyce's Ulysses.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Visiting London theatre today

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. Explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at City Lit. If you miss this session please contact Humanities on 020 7492 2652. Visits on 16/1, 30/1, 13/2, 27/2 and 13/3.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £209.00

  5. Fascinating fictions: Vintage English Classics from the 1920s by Margaret Kennedy, Theodore Powys and AA Milne

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rediscovered, revalued or always there - this selection of three very different English Vintage Classics from the twenties introduces us to Kennedy's sweeping social drama - The Ladies of Lyndon, Milne's lightfooted variant on the Golden Age detective novel - The Red House and Powys's darkly humorous fantasy - Mr Weston's Good Wine.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  6. The emperor of ice cream: why Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore and Frank O'Hara matter

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore why these three poets are important for their original uses of language and form, their wit and humour, and their life-long belief that poetry can enrich the reader’s imagination.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. 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

  8. Modern and contemporary Eastern European literature from Poland, Czechoslovakia and Romania

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Eastern European writers have for too long been overshadowed by their Western counterparts, as if a wretched political history were not enough. Wit, fantasy, audacity, refinement – explore works by Kundera, Gombrowicz, Szymborska, Rebreanu and others.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. Women's lives and literature of the 1950s

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the myths and realities of women’s lives in the 1950s via the playwright Shelagh Delaney, novelists Penelope Mortimer and Barbara Pym, and autobiographical writing from that decade.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Milton: Paradise Lost – ‘Our inner freedom’

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Paradise Lost excites fascination and controversy, confronting the existence of evil in a divinely ordained world. We shall consider a representative selection of crucial passages to illuminate the practical contemporary significance of this cosmic work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. 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

  12. Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Native and the poetry of a Habitat Revisited

    Course Date: Wed 14 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will study Hardy’s atmospheric and moody 1878 novel of belonging and alienation, with its tempestuous heroine Eustacia Vye, and troubled ‘modern’ hero Clym Yeobright, interspersed with related Hardy poems that revisit love and locality.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  13. The freedom of our crimes: the poetry of WW2 across Europe

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We shall study responses to the war from poets representing several combatant nations. In the process, we shall discover just how impressive and various were their evocations of this terrible and many-faceted conflict.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1980s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. Includes Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Kindred, by Octavia Butler and selected short fiction from the period.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  15. The plays of Anton Chekhov

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read, view and discuss extracts from 'The Seagull', 'Three Sisters', 'Uncle Vanya' and 'The Cherry Orchard' and consider their revolutionary nature in terms of the concept of 'inner action'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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