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. Diversity in comics and graphic novels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores diversity in comics and graphic novels. We will focus on the history of race and LGBTQ representation in Comics.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. The American West in literature and film

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 9 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Howdy Pardners! This class examines the American West in literature and film from the 20th century up to the present day. By looking at a diverse range of texts and films, the class will explore the longstanding and ongoing fascination with, and importance of the legacy of the American West.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. Imagining the 'self' in Shakespeare, Keats, Coleridge and Woolf

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores key changes in how the ‘Self’ is imagined in the Early Modern, Romantic and Modernist periods, focusing on Hamlet (Shakespeare), selected Romantic poetry (Coleridge and Keats) and The Waves (Virginia Woolf). Extracts from works by Montaigne, Rousseau, William James and Bergson will inform our reading.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  4. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones, a selection of contemporary short fiction and another title tbc.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. 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

  6. Mrs Dalloway: a walk into the world of Virginia Woolf

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close reading of Virginia Woolf's masterpiece Mrs. Dalloway, we will explore how the early Modernists used the vibrancy and decay of the city to expand their vision.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  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 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. City Lit reading group 1

    City Lit reading group 1

    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (2017). Monthly meetings on 27 Sept, 25 Oct, 22 Nov; 24 Jan, 21 Feb, 20 March; 1 May, 5 June and 3 July.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  13. City Lit reading group 2

    Course Date: Fri 4 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read 'Circe' by Madeline Miller. Monthly meetings take place on 4 Oct, 1 Nov, 29 Nov; 31 Jan, 28 Feb, 27 March; 15 May, 12 June and 10 July.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  14. Poetry and the soul's journey

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the depth and variety of modern spiritual poetry in English, including the work of T.S. Eliot, Denise Levertov, R.S. Thomas and Geoffrey Hill. Reflect on the implications for our own understanding of spirituality today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. Victorian visions

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “It was the best of times…it was the worst of times”

    How did the Victorians see the world? They lived through one of the most dramatic periods in our history – and their literature reflects that. Victorian Visions looks at a wide variety of themes in Victorian culture: from the city to the home, from dreams to nightmares, from faith to doubt, from morality to decadence.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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