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.
  1. The medieval muse: Chaucer and the classical world

    Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Chaucer is known for his wide-ranging subject matter. Influenced by the work of Classical writers, how did this medieval poet engage with the thought and writing of Classical writers, and how did he represent the Classical world?
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. French fictions: found in translation

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will be looking at a selection of classic French novels in translation, covering a generous span of time from the 1870s to the 1980s. Titles will include Flaubert's Une Vie Simple, Maupassant's Bel-Ami, Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes, and Duras's L'Amant.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Advanced studies in fiction and poetry

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Saying something; not saying something: we will study post-war fiction and poetry by a range of British writers who take commitment and detachment, engagement and avoidance, as their theme or method. Includes Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy and Stevie Smith.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 13 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through Philip Roth's American trilogy novel, 'I Married a Communist', Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and contemporary short fiction by Richard Ford and Nicole Krauss.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Divine Comedy is an imaginary journey through the three realms of the afterlife. It's a fascinating compendium of life in 14th century Italy, but Dante's ability to depict humanity in all its aspects is timelss and has fascinated readers ever since.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. 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 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’ novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (to the Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest 19th-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  7. Play in a day: 'The Tempest'

    Play in a day: 'The Tempest'

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    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 'The Tempest', 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

  8. Poetry and resistance: Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Mandelstam and the decades of Soviet rule

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The three greatest poets of the revolutionary and Stalinist periods, and the ways their personalities and the calamitous events that beset their society found expression in works of unparalleled passion, intellectual sophistication and monumental restraint.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  9. Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate the genius of Shakespeare: his timeless themes, complex characterisation, beautiful language and power in performance. Explore extracts from plays including 'Hamlet', 'Othello, Richard III', 'Twelfth Night' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson, from Charles Dickens to Ibsen, Henry James and Virginia Wolf, this course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study. Includes three Saturdays.
    Full fee: £439.00
    Senior fee: £439.00
    Concession: £220.00

  11. Our world made new: utopias and dystopias

    Course Date: Mon 13 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore how writers have imagined our world as a better and a worse place, with satires and warnings from More’s Utopia to Margaret Atwood. How have some changed the way we think?
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  12. Bob Dylan: 'busy being born'

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For over 50 years, Bob Dylan has shown mercurial delight in striking out in unpredictable directions. We shall track the remarkable unfolding of his career, from classic Sixties compositions to his most recent album, Tempest (2012).
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Russian literature from the Golden Age: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 17 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss the work of key writers from 19th century Russian literature, including Chekhov's Lady with Lapdog, Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground and Turgenev's Fathers and Sons.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. American culture of the 1950s: literature, history, film

    Course Date: Wed 19 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Was 1950s America an affluent, homogeneous society or a post war nation in turmoil? Join this exploration of the underside of 1950s American culture through the lens of literature, history and film.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. 'You must change your life': why Rilke matters

    'You must change your life': why Rilke matters

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore how the poet Rilke wrestled with some of the deepest issues of the modern spirit, such as the need for non-religious faith and the importance of art to give meaning to life, through writing beautiful, deeply moving poems.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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