Fiction

From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic literature texts and enjoy discovering new writers and adaptations plus share your views in lively classroom discussions.
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  1. Women writers: shaping the American literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover intriguing seminal works by four influential American writers of the 20th century: Zora Neale Hurston ('Sweat', 1926), Mary McCarthy (The Company She Keeps, 1942), Joan Didion (Play it as it Lays, 1970) and Elizabeth Hardwick (Sleepless Nights, 1979).
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Don Quixote for the 21st century: the first road novel

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore key moments of Cervantes's book in order to understand why is it considered to be the first modern novel.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Dubliners: a taste of James Joyce through two short stories

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip into James Joyce in a dynamic one-day course with two selections from Dubliners. We will consider the nature of paralysis and epiphany in ‘Two Sisters’ and ‘The Dead’. Please read these in preparation.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Short story reading group: classics to contemporary

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories. Please come to the first session having read Guy De Maupassant’s ‘The Necklace’ and Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Good Country People’ (supplied by the tutor). Meetings on 29 Oct, 3 December, 4 Feb, 11 March, 13 May and 24 June.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Clothes make the woman: a sartorial history of women in the 20th century

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did you know that ready-made clothes were initially disparaged on moral grounds, that Amy Johnson was dressed by Schiaparelli, and that some 1960s’ employers introduced ‘modesty boards’ for mini-skirted staff? Come and find out more.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  6. A voice from Europe: the legacy of John Berger - novelist, critic, art historian

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover Berger's half a century of writing in every conceivable genre on literature, art, creativity and many of the intractable issues facing the world today, including “To the Wedding”, “The Seventh Man”, and “The Red Tenda of Bologna”.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  8. American gothic: the darker side of fiction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss the work of great 19th and 20thC writers such as Hawthorne. Melville, Poe, Emily Dickinson and Flannery O’Connor – and learn about the dark streak that runs through so much of the best American literature.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  9. Meeting Proust on 'Swann's Way'

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover Proust's inner world exploration in a close reading of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way. A deferred kiss, a dipped madeleine and a whole world unfolds.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. World fiction: hidden treasures

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Freshly translated or newly discovered gems of international writing from the second half of the 20th century include Family Lexicon by Natala Ginzburg (Italy), Reunion by Fred Uhlman (Germany/GB), A Broken Mirror by Merce Rodoreda (Catalonia), Basic Black With Pearls by Helen Weinzweig (Poland/Canada) and The Birds by Tarjei Vesas (Norway).
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  11. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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 a short novel. Lots of lively discussion.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  12. The Complete Samuel Beckett

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A comprehensive tour of Beckett’s astonishing output in all genres across seven decades and an assessment of his significance today, with close attention to key works including “Murphy”, “Molloy”, “Godot”, “Happy Days” and “Nohow On”.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  13. Contemporary Poetry

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using Staying Alive, (Bloodaxe Books, Ed. Neil Astley) and a range of poems supplied by the tutor, we will read and discuss a variety of poetry written in the last 50 years, exploring a range of poetry in terms of theme, style and viewpoints. No class on 22 Feb.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  14. British literature 1900-1950

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss novels, poems and short stories by significant authors including E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Bowen, discovering how they responded to and illuminated the social, political and psychological upheavals of this crucial period of British history.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Women's lives and literature of the 1960s

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What was life really like for women in ‘the swinging sixties’? Explore the myths and realities of that decade via writers such as Lynne Reid-Banks, Edna O’Brien, Nell Dunn and Angela Carter.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

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