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Literature

Literature Courses in London

Explore our exciting range of Literature courses, from Literary History, to specialist courses in Fiction, Poetry and Drama. We offer introductory and in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, where you can revisit classic texts and discover new writers.

Study in-person or online from the comfort of home, with classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students and share your passion for literature as part of a learning community. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many also teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion for fiction, poetry and drama through presentations, readings, interactive discussion, analysis, and other activities.

Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit literary community; others are inspired to progress onto university study.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.

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  1. The Power of Language: the emergence of Middle English Literature 1100-1300
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Around 1100, after the Norman Conquest, English language and literature went underground. The powerful elite didn’t speak it, and they definitely didn’t write it. This course is about the resistance movement of vernacular-speaking lower-class poets and authors who kept English alive as a literary language, setting the scene for the great re-emergence of Middle English literature that culminated in the works of Chaucer and Gower.



    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Ways into Literature: Shakespeare to the Romantics
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come on a journey through literature from Shakespeare to the Romantics! Delve into the complex mind of Hamlet to understand his actions and inaction; explore seduction and faith in two Metaphysical poems by Andrew Marvell and George Herbert; embrace the Romantic revolution and the power of nature in two poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge; and examine the terrifying and tragic world of Victor Frankenstein and his monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Vagabonds in Literature and Film
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    “I aint got no home, I’m just a roamin’ round” (Woody Guthrie). This class explores the figure of the vagabond and representations of hardship and the road in works by celebrated authors and filmmakers. From Charlie Chaplin and George Orwell to Woody Guthrie and Agnès Varda, we investigate the historical and cultural contexts of the image of the vagabond in 20th century literature and cinema.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  4. Chaucer and the establishment of English Literature 1300-1500
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is about the literature written in English between its re-emergence as a language of power and influence, and the onset of such matters as the printing press and Columbus’s journeys across the Atlantic Ocean that generally represent the end of the medieval world and the onset of the Renaissance. The course takes in Chaucer, Middle English Arthurian Romances, and the re-establishment of English as a great literary language.



    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Contemporary Scottish Fictions: Ali Smith, Jenni Fagan and Douglas Stuart
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    We will explore three of the most powerful voices in Scottish writing today, focusing on critically-acclaimed novels from 2020 and 2021 by Ali Smith, Jenni Fagan and Douglas Stuart. Their originality and narrative power is matched by a passionate moral commitment and willingness to engage – as Scottish literature has always done - with the most challenging issues faced by their society and ours.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  6. 19th Century French and Russian Literature
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    This class explores classic texts of 19th century French and Russian literature, discussing literary style, themes, and contexts as a way of developing and sharing responses to celebrated European writing. From history and memory to madness and death, the class tackles some of the finest works ever written. Among the French writers examined will be Balzac, Flaubert, and Baudelaire, with our Russians including Gogol, Tolstoy and Chekhov.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  7. Poetic Moments
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This 6 week course will give you an opportunity to read and discuss a range of poetry from the19th century right up to contemporary women writers. We will discuss their concerns and styles and how they achieve their poetic effects. There will be a chance for students to share their own poetic favourites.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Ways into Literature: Victorian to the Modern
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the development of literature from the Victorian age to the beginnings of Postmodernism. Grapple with ethical issues in H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau, appreciate the forms and styles of a range of Modernist poetry by T.S. Eliot, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Langston Hughes, examine the African American experience of the 1920s in short stories by Zora Neale Hurston and enter the claustrophobic world of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  9. Robert Frost: a life in poetry
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    With a career spanning nearly fifty years, Robert Frost is one of America’s best-loved poets. His poetry is often written in simple meters with regular rhyme schemes, and most of us will probably be familiar with at least one of his poems, either ‘The Road not Taken’ or ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’. Both poems are set in the woodlands of New England, but is there more to Robert Frost than being a traditional poet who loved nature?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00

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