Fiction

From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic literature texts and enjoy discovering new writers and adaptations plus share your views in lively classroom discussions.
  1. Suffragette: the making of a movement

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Suffragettes employed militant tactics to fight for votes for women. We will study stories and plays by suffragette writers to consider how they used literature and the performing arts to rally support for the movement.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. 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 23 Jun 2018
    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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  3. How Conrad changed fiction: facing the self in remote places

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Conrad’s stories changed the way we read fiction by placing characters in extreme circumstances and raising doubts about whether it’s possible really to know someone, using unreliable accounts, time shifts and multiple ironies.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. The fiction of Raymond Carver

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the stories of Raymond Carver to discover how, as the Guardian stated, ‘with or without minimalist editing, the humanity of Raymond Carver's storytelling puts him in the same league as Chekhov.’.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  5. Tennessee Williams: master of American drama

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The plays of Tennessee Williams exert a lyrical and forceful energy that has influenced American drama, from the 1940s to the present day. This introduction to his work explores his poetic language and expressionist use of theatre in classic plays including 'The Glass Menagerie' and 'A Streetcar named Desire'.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  6. English poetry in the age of Napoleon

    Course Date: Thu 26 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The hopes and fears of this revolutionary era were reflected in the poetry of the leading Romantics, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Shelley. We shall consider – in context – a representative selection of their work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  7. The pentangle on the shield: King Arthur in medieval literature

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The legend of King Arthur and his knights is one of the great European literary traditions. This course considers the development of the legend in medieval literature, from the earliest allusions to the 15th century.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  8. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare to Mary Shelley, from Romantic poetry to Ibsen to Virginia Woolf, 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 higher level study. Includes three Saturdays.
    Full fee: £429.00
    Senior fee: £429.00
    Concession: £215.00

  9. The golden age of Russian literature: Tolstoy, Turgenev, Dostoevsky and Chekhov

    Course Date: Mon 14 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss the work of key writers from 19th century Russian literature, including Chekhov's The Lady with the Lapdog, Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground and Turgenev's Fathers and Sons.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 31 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the American literary scene of 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 Mislaid by Nell Zink (2015), The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016) and short fiction by Nobel Laureate Alice Munro.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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