Literary history

Literary History Courses in London

From Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to commedia dell’arte to the ‘modern medieval’, revisit or discover the writers that shaped English language and literature, through expert tuition and lively classroom discussion.

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  1. Dante’s Divine Comedy: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 8 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Divine Comedy is an imaginary journey through the three realms of the afterlife. It's a fascinating compendium of life in 14th century Italy, but Dante's ability to depict humanity in all its aspects is timelss and has fascinated readers ever since.

    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. Exploring Medieval literature: The Canterbury Tales
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Pilgrimage, religion, social mores and foibles, exuberant women, drunk millers with a penchant for bashing down doors with his head! Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales are brilliant examples of Middle English writing. The range of characters, diverse plotlines, energy and playfulness all offer a fine insight into 14th Century England.

    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
  3. Exploring Medieval Literature: origins of the Robin Hood legend
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 1 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Dashing heroes, dazzling tights, merry men, and talking foxes: the Robin Hood legend has influenced many TV and film representations. How did it originate, and why? What relationships have the fiction with the history? And how did Robin Hood stories develop in ballads, plays (including in Shakespeare), and poems?

    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
  4. 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. This online course will explore the political, social and cultural context of 1970s America through a sampling of the literature, history, music, film and art of the period, providing different ways in to understanding the decade.

    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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