Literary History Courses in London

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.
  1. The myth of Faust in Goethe and Marlowe

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The myth of the Medieval scholar exchanging his life to satisfy his thirst for knowledge features in several European

    plays and novels. We will look at two interpretations of this story, Goethe’s Faust (Part I) and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Old Norse poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dwarves, Valkyries, heroes, skulls, ale, and the end of the world: it can only be Old Norse poetry, written during the medieval period in Iceland and Scandinavia.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Tolkien as translator

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the 20th Century’s most popular authors, J.R.R. Tolkien was also a scholar of the medieval period. He translated the poetic masterpieces Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf. This course considers his translations, his style, and what it tells us about 20th century perceptions of medieval literature.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Literature and the bible

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Bible has been a major source for literature and art, but we don’t often examine how such influence plays out. From the orthodox to the heretical, from the subtle to the absurd, this course will explore and analyse works that adapt and draw from scripture to surprising effect.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. An introduction to Machiavelli's 'The Prince': "The end does not justify the means"

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the most poignant ideas that emerged from the Italian Renaissance was the centrality of mankind. This new society, in which man could shape his own destiny, led to a new type of ruler, which is perfectly described in Machiavelli's work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. The Gawain Poet

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We know almost nothing about the brilliant poet from North West England who wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness and Patience. We do know that the quality of his work is parallel to that of Chaucer, his 14th Century contemporary; this course aims to find out how and why.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. The Canterbury Tales

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    More than any other text, the Canterbury Tales have the ability to evoke life in 14th Century England. Join us on a pilgrimage through Chaucer’s great story cycle. Meet some of the characters that add colour to his perennially popular, playfully expressive work, through their stories and their (often quarrelsome) interactions.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. A journey through Boccaccio's Decameron

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Decameron is one of the early literary works in the Italian language and it had a significant influence on many other writers. Come and discover the genesis of the novel and some of the stories that still resonate with readers today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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