Literature Courses in London

We offer a wide range of literature courses at City Lit. From contemporary & classical literature, and novels to short stories, as well as our popular reading groups, you will find a course to suit your literary needs.
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  1. The female detective in literature and film

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course looks at the development in fiction and, more recently, on film, of the female detective. Detective fiction has always featured female writers and an increasing number of female investigators. This course will look at some of them in both their fictional and screen incarnations.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. 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

  3. A hunger artist: how Kafka came to write

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did Kafka come to write some of the most extraordinary fictions ever written? - the man who wakes up as a beetle, a judicial torture-machine, an ape’s lecture, a man whose name is reduced to a letter and his endless quest for justice. We explore why Kafka wrote such stories. Please read (or re-read) The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony beforehand.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Play in a day: Measure for Measure

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read or seen the play but want to know more? This course examines the background to Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Contested spaces: Israeli and Palestinian writing by Oz, Grossman, Darwish and Ali

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Against the backdrop of a conflict that has dominated the Middle East since the mid-20th century and shows no sign of ending, discover four reasoned, eloquent and deeply philosophical voices – two novelists, two poets – whose personal lives intersect with all the major events but whose writing transcends time and place.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. 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

  7. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson, from Ibsen to Chekhov and Henry James to Virginia Wolf, this course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study. Includes three Saturdays.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  8. Women's lives and literature 100 years ago

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate the City Lit’s centenary by looking at diaries and autobiographical writing from 1919-20. Some women could vote, Nancy Astor sat in parliament and all social classes caught the craze for dancing. Was this the start of a new world for women?
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

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