From Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to commedia dell’arte to the ‘modern medieval’, revisit or discover writers and books that shaped English language and literature, through expert talks and lively classroom discussion.
Course Date: Sun 28 Oct 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
Medieval literature is full of strange creatures, some of which were believed to exist at the edge of the known world. This course explores the representation of the monstrous in some manuscripts of the medieval period.
Course Date: Sun 24 Mar 2019 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
How did urban poets write about London in medieval England? From Southwark taverns to significant London landmarks and events, this course considers work by two friends, John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer.
Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
20th Century poets took an interest in the earliest English poetry, written in the Old English language. This course considers the influence of Old English poetry on W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.
Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
Chaucer is known for his wide-ranging subject matter. Influenced by the work of Classical writers, how did this medieval poet engage with the thought and writing of Classical writers, and how did he represent the Classical world?
Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
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.