Fiction

From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic texts and enjoy discovering new writers and adaptations plus share your views in lively classroom discussions.
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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. The fiction of Hilary Mantel

    Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discuss three works of fiction by the prize writer Hilary Mantel: the ghost novel Beyond Black, the celebrated Tudor historical novel Bring Up the Bodies and the controversial story ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. William Blake: 'eternity's sunrise'

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss Blake’s epic attempt to encourage us to throw off our “mind-forg’d manacles”. A representative selection of his writings (and most potent images) – from the Songs to The Four Zoas – will be considered.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Literature of displacement: Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things and Toni Morrison's A Mercy

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using these two evocative works and selections from A Country of Refuge, we will consider how the loss or breakdown of one's home culture is reflected in the lived experience of characters and in narrative form.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Exiles at home and abroad: transnational writing today

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read 21st century fiction in English and in translation from across the world. Texts include Arundhati Roy's Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Mohsin Hamid's novel, Exit West, Mirza Waheed's The Book of Gold Leaves and Han Kang's The Vegetarian.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Diving below the surface: fiction

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore themes of colonialism, race and culture, loyalty and betrayal, love and violence, in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2007 novel, Half of a Yellow Sun and a selection of short stories.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  12. Faulkner's gothic vision

    Course Date: Sat 5 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Faulkner’s short novel ‘The Bear’, we will examine how narration probes the cracked surfaces of human relationships. The guided, text-based discussion will provide tools towards understanding Faulkner’s complex vision. Please read in advance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. 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 Lady with 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: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  14. 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

  15. Diving below the surface: drama and poetry

    Course Date: Thu 31 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore attitudes towards women, abortion, African heritage and hope, in Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun. Read a selection of poetry, including work by Langston Hughes, from whom Hansberry took the play’s title.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

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