Literary History - Online Courses

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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

  1. American culture of the 50s

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Was 1950s America an affluent, homogeneous society or a post war nation in turmoil? Join this exploration of the

    underside of 1950s American culture through the lens of literature, history, film, music and art.

    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

  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. Jewish characters in 20th century Italian literature: Ginzburg, Bassani and Morante

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how some Jewish characters have been portrayed by Italian novelists of the 20th century. We will read and comment on extracts from Ginzburg, Bassani and Morante.

    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. 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

  5. Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 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

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