Fiction Courses in London

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. Writing on the Walls: London prose in the late 20th century 1989-2000

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Centring on two of the most significant late twentieth-century London novels, Martin Amis’s London Fields (1989) and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000), this course explores both their wider and more immediate contexts while considering their approach to characterisation, narrative and the on-going relevance of the novel form.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Victorian Visions

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “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 morality to decadence.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class explores the subject of the superfluous man in nineteenth-century literature, investigating 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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Writing through the Harlem Renaissance: Cane & The Invisible Man

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Weaving history, diverse traditions and a collage of voices, we will explore the struggle and celebration of black experience through Jean Toomer’s Cane and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, both growing out of the explosion of Black art during the Harlem Renaissance.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  5. British literature: 1950-2000

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ways in which writers from Philip Larkin to Zadie Smith have expressed ‘being British’ in literature, during a period when the idea of Britishness itself was radically and rapidly changing.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  6. Twentieth century world fiction

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continuing a popular occasional series of courses, we will be reading newly translated or freshly rediscovered works of fiction from Europe and Latin America, several of them published by Penguin Modern Classics, by great writers of the mid-twentieth century. Readings include The Beseiged City by Clarice Lispector (Brazil), Malina by Ingeborg Bachman (Austria), Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki (Greece), Springtime in a Broken Mirror by Mario Benedetti (Argentina), The Foolish Virgins by Ida Simon and The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    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 the novel, 'A Passage to India' by E M Forster. Lots of lively discussion.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Apocalypse London: the city in science fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore representations of London in works of dystopian/science fiction, written between the 1890s and the 1970s.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. Film of the book

    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read works of fiction and view their cinematic adaptations, considering if 'fidelity' is important in bringing a literary text to the screen. Includes The Talented Mr.Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (film Anthony Mingella) and The Razor's Edge by W Somerset Maugham.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  10. Jane Austen: 'The debt to pleasure'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Too often seen as mere costume drama, Jane Austen’s innovatory novels stimulate profound insights into our ethical quandaries. We shall explore how Austen achieves this in three major works – Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Mansfield Park.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. 19th Century American visionaries

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the key works of writers who together created American literary modernity out of the most disparate of backgrounds, beliefs and passions, reinventing the novel, epic and lyric poetry in their search for forms expressive of the entire human adventure, its heroic restlessness and its private terrors.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Contemporary international fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 11 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does the contemporary mean and how can we represent it in fiction? In this course, we seek to broaden our notions of the immediate moment through studying the work of several international authors publishing astonishing fiction. Authors include Elena Ferrante, Sayaka Murata and Han Kang.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  13. Literary Responses to 9/11: Cormac McCarthy, Mohsin Hamid & Ali Smith

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores responses to 9/11 from McCarthy, Hamid, and Smith, covering a range of positions, from that of loss and confusion, to alienation and pleasure, to resistance to the War on Terror measures that followed the terrorist act.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Diving into the Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys answers Charlotte Bronte

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close consideration of Rhys’ haunting work, Wide Sargasso Sea, we will consider how systems of power and

    history define and subjugate the individual in intimate spaces. Please read the work in preparation for the course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  15. Haunting and the uncanny in three gothic novels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore three key Gothic novels focusing on haunting and uncanny events: Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca, 1938 (Gothic romance); Louise Tondeur, The Water’s Edge , 2003 (haunted seaside hotel narrative); Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger, 2009 (Gothic stately home novel) .
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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