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. 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

  2. Divided city: Berlin in Cold War fiction

    Course Date: Tue 31 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and discover how the Wall and other atmospheric Berlin locations distilled Cold War tensions in le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), Deighton’s Funeral in Berlin (1964), and Fleming’s The Living Daylights (1966).
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 8 Sep 2018 (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 join us to discover what makes a literature class at City Lit so special.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. Diving into Faulkner: 'The Sound and the Fury' to 'Absalom, Absalom!'

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In three of Faulkner’s complex and connected novels, 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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  5. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse literature in a friendly and supportive environment. You will

    read and discuss a wide range of poetry and short stories; in addition we will study novellas by Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. The world's great short stories

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the best short stories of the modern age – from the great realists such as Chekhov and Joyce, Raymond Carver and Alice Munro to the fantastical, often unsettling work of Kafka and Borges.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  7. Shadows of the Raj: fictions of Empire and After

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These classic novels by British and South Asian writers explore the decline and fall of British rule in India, the rise of nationalism, and the making of independent states and new nations from a variety of perspectives. Readings: E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, Rumer Godden's Breakfast with the Nikolides, Anita Desai's Clear Light of Day, and Aamer Hussein's Another Gulmohar Tree.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  8. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    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. Rewriting female identity: modern fictions by Kate Chopin, Virginia Woolf, Leonora Carrington and Annie Proulx

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate one hundred years of female writing that explores the boundaries of self-expression, challenging cultural and gender stereotypes and taking the novel and short story into radical new areas of experience and formal innovation.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  10. 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

  11. Get together and read

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories and poems? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  12. City Lit reading group 1

    City Lit reading group 1

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read American Pastoral by Philip Roth. Monthly meetings on 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 23 Nov; 25 Jan, 22 Feb, 22 March; 10 May, 7 June and 5 July.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  13. City Lit reading group 2

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read The Party by Elizabeth Day. Monthly meetings take place on 5 Oct, 9 Nov, 7 Dec, 1 Feb, 1 March, 29 March, 17 May 14 June and 12 July.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  14. 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

  15. 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

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