Fiction Courses in London

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

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  1. Victorian fiction 1840 -1880: the rise of Realism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The course will consider the Victorian novel over a period of 40 years from the perspective of realism and its importance in the development of the novel’s form, style and significance.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  2. Charles Dickens: 'The Story of our lives' - 'Great Expectations, 'Hard Times' & 'Little Dorrit'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Dickens adapted words from Shakespeare to describe his periodical All the Year Round – and by implication his central purpose as a writer of novels. By close analysis of key scenes from three major works, we shall illuminate precisely how Dickens presents the crucial life choices that we make and the often unforeseeable – but sustained – impact that these have on ourselves and on others.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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. The course also presents an overview of our literature offering for term two (January - March 2021).

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  4. The Art of the Essay: women essayists and the bending of genre

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We will go on a journey to investigate the art and form of the essay through a variety of women essayists from the early 20th century to the present day. We will explore the essay’s hazy boundaries between memoir, confession, nature writing, elegy, sermon, polemic and mystical/religious experience through key women essayists including Virginia Woolf, Simone Weil, Audre Lorde, Clarice Lispector, Kathleen Jamie, Anne Carson, and Claudia Rankine.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  5. Our world made new: utopias and dystopias

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Why have some writers imagined our world as a much better or much worse place than it actually is? We will look at utopias and dystopias from Plato’s Republic and More’s Utopia to Margaret Atwood and P D James. Have some changed the way we think? Why are some views of the future more memorable than others? Do some writers tap into our fears and hopes more deeply than others and, if so, how?

    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

  6. Transatlantic literature

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This class examines transatlantic literature, embarking on a voyage of intercontinental literary exploration to investigate the history of literary exchanges between Europe and the Americas. From the Hispanic Atlantic and the Black Atlantic to the French and British Atlantic, we encounter a rich body of important writing that charts the unfolding relationship between the new and old worlds.

    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. Writing over the classics: postmodernist interventions

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course covers some of the most exciting literary texts of the past half-century: texts that have revisited and adapted canonical works of literature including Jane Eyre, Robinson Crusoe and Hamlet. Along the way, we’ll be confronting some of the biggest questions out there, including the biggest of them all: what is literature?

    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

  8. Great novels of childhood

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” The famous opening line of LP Hartley’s The Go-Between sums up the mystery and the challenge in writing about childhood, a time of uncertainty and confusion, of innocence and transformation. We’ll be reading some of the classic novels of modern times which brilliantly explore this “foreign country”.

    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

  9. Meeting Proust 'In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower'

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Proust’s masterpiece comes to life with supportive resources and invigorated discussion. Through close reading of the second volume, we are immersed in the life of this most introspective narrator in the modernist classic.

    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

  10. British literature: 2000-2020: prizes and prize culture

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What makes a prize-winning book in the twenty-first century? And why have prizes become such an important influence on the books we read and buy? On this course we will study five of Britain’s most significant literary prizes and read a representative winner of each from the last twenty years.

    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

  11. American Gothic

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and discuss the work of great 19th and 20th century writers such as Hawthorne. Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson and Flannery O’Connor – and learn about the dark streak that runs through so much of the best American literature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  12. African encounters: Modern classics from East, West and South Africa

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We will read a selection of African novels from the 20th century, exploring the variety of anglophone, francophone and afrikaans African literatures from Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and Southern Africa, which include both acknowledged classics, neglected masterpieces and one freshly-translated fiction.

    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

  13. The Victorian Novel: representations of the family

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course seeks to introduce students to some of the less familiar texts of Victorian literature, covering a range of genres, including realism, sensation fiction and the ‘New Woman’.

    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. Vagabonds in modern fiction and film

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    “I aint got no home, I’m just a roamin’ round” (Woody Guthrie). This class explores the figure of the vagabond and representations of hardship and the road in works by celebrated authors and filmmakers. From Charlie Chaplin and George Orwell to Woody Guthrie and Agnès Varda, we investigate the historical and cultural contexts of the image of the vagabond in 20th century literature and cinema.

    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

  15. London lowlife in fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 18 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The late 19th/early 20th century was a tumultuous time in London, and many fiction writers sought a new way to explore the themes of poverty, social injustice, gender and ethnicity in the capital. We will explore each author’s approach to the subject matter, and travel in fiction to many vividly realised London locations, ranging from Lambeth to Soho, Whitechapel to Seven Dials, Shoreditch to Shadwell, identifying innovations in narrative style and literary genre.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

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