Fiction Literature - Online Courses

From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic works of literature or discover new writers and adaptations, sharing your views in interactive class discussions.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and join this taster session to find out what makes a literature class at City Lit so special. The course includes an overview of our literature courses for next term (April-July) and for Summer School (July-August 2021).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. Literature taster: contemporary fiction

    Course Date: Wed 7 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wondered what studying an online Literature course at City Lit is like? Tempted to try, but not ready to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session on contemporary fiction to boost your confidence and whet your appetite for further study!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. The 'superfluous man' in 19th century literature

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This class explores the subject of the superfluous man in nineteenth-century literature. From disaffected dropouts to dissolute dandies, we investigate the origins of the subject in the Romantic movement, its flourishing in masterpieces of nineteenth-century Russian literature, and variations on its character and ideas in European and American literature up to the turn of the twentieth century.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Victorian visions

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    “It was the best of times…it was the worst of times”

    How did the Victorians see the world? They lived through one of the most dramatic periods in our history – and their literature reflects that. Victorian Visions looks at a wide variety of themes in Victorian culture: from the city to the home, from dreams to nightmares, from faith to doubt, from moralism to decadence, from ideology to empire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  5. Novels of Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This online literature course explores three novels by Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. We will focus on developing an appreciation of the nuances of Austen’s language and its effects, alongside engaging with the literary, historical and critical contexts of these novels, and how they may illuminate our understanding of them.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Modernist Manifestoes: 1880 - 1939

    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The word manifesto implies the creation of a new reality – perhaps the more improbable the better – through the act of speech. This course examines the manifestoes and movements of the modernist period (late-19th and early-20th centuries), which sought to radically redefine the possibilities of art, politics and life.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. Popular classics from the 20th century

    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Selecting examples from comedy, science fiction and mystery/crime, this course will look at popular novels that have survived the test of time, and examine the relevance of genre fiction. Among the books we will read are:

    The Darling Buds of May by H.E.Bates, Endless night by Agatha Christie, The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier,

    Far From the Country by Miss Read and The Chrysalids by John Wyndham.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Great women poets: Sappho, Dickinson and Tsvetaeva

    Course Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We will explore in depth three of the greatest female poets in world literature: Sappho (c.615-c.550 BC), Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941). Each enjoys a formidable reputation, although in Tsvetaeva’s case not without controversy, at the heart of the social and literary histories to which they belong, but what impact can their extraordinary voices have on us today?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Novels and Letters in the 21st Century

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    When did you last write someone a letter? Few of us write many letters today, but novelists do – contemporary fiction is full of them. So what are letters doing, in stories about our present world and even stories about the future? This course reads a selection of twenty-first-century novels to delve into the uses, intricacies and attractions of fictional letters.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. America in the 70s: culture and society

    Course Date: Wed 5 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An era of economic struggle and cultural change, 1970s America continued to reflect aspects of 60s social upheaval, including the progression of the women's movement, protest rights for African Americans and other marginalized people and protests against the Vietnam War embraced by a wider populace. However, a more energised 'New Right' was emerging in defense of political conservatism and the traditional family, schisms that still exist today.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. The American West in literature and film

    Course Date: Thu 6 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Saddle Up! This class examines the literary and cinematic history of the American West, delving into its iconic representation in literature and film from the 20th century to the present day. By looking at an exciting range of texts and films, from John Ford to Cormac McCarthy, the class explores the longstanding and ongoing fascination with the culture, politics and art of the American West.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Fictionalising Childhood: an introduction to children's literature

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will introduce and examine a range of fictional texts in an exploration of representations of childhood and pertinent themes like journeys, home, and identity. Reading books from the First Golden Age (Victorian to Early Twentieth Century), including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to contemporary works (Harry Potter), we will consider how literary narratives respond to cultural debates that construct childhood identity as a site of innocence.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Sensation Fiction

    Course Date: Wed 12 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This online literature course will explore the Victorian genre of sensation fiction, looking at the period of the 1860s when this genre was enormously popular.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Japanese Crime Literature

    Course Date: Wed 12 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Japanese crime literature is reaching new audiences, with many classics being translated into English for the first time. This course explores a range of Japanese mysteries, detectives and their recurring themes, from ‘locked room’ classics to the dark side of human nature – with many murders along the way.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Beastly Writing in the modern age

    Course Date: Fri 14 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Animals leap, crawl, hop, and gallop across the pages of modern fiction and poetry. Why do authors write about animals? What effect does it have on us as readers when we encounter animals in novels and short stories? From Beatrix Potter and Black Beauty to the contemporary novel, this course explores the role of the animal in modern literature. Themes that we will think about together include: animal suffering, animals in depictions of childhood, and animal transformations and dehumanisation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

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