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 21st century novel

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does it mean to read novels in the 21st century? And why do authors still write them? In this course, we will think about the continuing importance of the novel and look at some examples since the millennium. Authors include J.M. Coetzee, Don DeLillo and Ali Smith.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Wordsworth: the Prelude -'The growth of a poet's mind'

    Wordsworth: the Prelude -'The growth of a poet's mind'

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Prelude is Wordsworth’s ultimate testimony, offering a richly varied poetic autobiography. We shall discuss extracts from each of the poem’s 13 books to gain a sense of the complexity and coherence of Wordsworth’s achievement.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Transcontinental fictions

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Contemporary and recent fiction from the Middle East and Asia and has come to the fore in recent years, greatly encouraged by translation prizes such as the Man Booker. The works we will read (in translation) include both prizewinning authors and works that have achieved more quiet critical acclaim, such as Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbag (India), Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Oman), Human Acts by Han Kang (Korea), I Hid My Voice by Parinoush Saniee (Iran) and The Red-Haired Woman by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Levi, Modiano, Sebald and Roth: witnessing and imagining the Holocaust

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ways four exceptional writers have refused, through powerful acts of reconstruction, self-effacement, painstaking research or uninhibited dystopian fantasy, to fall silent in face of a horror so profound it has threatened, for many, to overwhelm all notions of human progress or the role of art in modern civilisation.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  5. Don DeLillo's 21st century fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Over the course of his career, Don DeLillo has produced an extraordinary range of novels which examine what it means to think, to feel and to be. This day-long course gives you a change to study his work, contexts, and influences.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 May 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course, led by Nick Field, City Lit literature tutor and former Keats House Poet in Residence, will give you the chance to read, explore and discuss some of Keats' most significant poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Poems include "The Odes" and "The Eve of St.Agnes".
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  7. Drama in society: text to performance

    Course Date: Thu 7 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read, discuss and view two 20th century plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts with two plays dealing with truth and lies: Ibsen's Rosmersholm and Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Poetry in revolutionary times

    Course Date: Mon 11 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is Auden right that “poetry makes nothing happen”? We look at how poets have helped people to understand, cope with and sometimes resist oppression in revolutionary periods from the late 18th century to the present.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. America in the 60s: culture and society

    Course Date: Wed 13 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 1960s was the decade that profoundly changed American culture. We explore the trajectory of a decade, including the presidential terms of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, second wave feminism and radical changes in literature, art, music and film, all reflecting the historical turbulence of 1960s America.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  10. Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra and John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi

    Course Date: Fri 15 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Tragedy was a popular genre in the Jacobean period and these two plays, written within a few years of each other, represent quite different approaches to that genre. Webster both emulated Shakespeare and was at pains to distance himself from him. Detailed analysis will reveal distinctive characteristics of both writers.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. W.G. Sebald: memory and narrative voice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    W. G. Sebald’s late twentieth-century prose narratives cross borders between past and present, memory and history, and current and previous generations. This one-day course will explore Sebald’s achievement through the themes of memory, forgetting, ethics and storytelling.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Bob Dylan: 'busy being born'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For over 50 years, Bob Dylan has shown mercurial delight in striking out in unpredictable directions. We shall track the remarkable unfolding of his career, from classic Sixties compositions to his most recent album, Tempest (2012).
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Visiting London theatre: summer season

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week in the West End and other London theatres. You will explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes a contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at City Lit on 30 May. Theatre visits on 6 June and 20 June.
    Full fee: £131.00
    Senior fee: £115.00
    Concession: £92.00

  14. Trouble in paradise: the American suburban novel

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The American suburb was supposed to be a kind of haven – an oasis of marital calm and tranquillity. It didn’t always turn out that way…Trouble in Paradise explores three books that probe the darkness behind the picket fence and manicured lawn: John Updike’s Rabbit Run, Anne Tyler’s The Amateur Marriage and Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. Six modern poets

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Explore the work of six giants of modern poetry – from Hardys’ moving reflections on love, through TS Eliot’s revolutionary modernism, to Larkin, Heaney, Robert Frost and the confessional poems of Anne Sexton.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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