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. Contemporary international fiction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 11 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does the contemporary mean and how can we represent it in fiction? In this course, we seek to broaden our notions of the immediate moment through studying the work of several international authors publishing astonishing fiction. Authors include Elena Ferrante, Sayaka Murata and Han Kang.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. Hamlet in a day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why do the language and themes of Hamlet generate such interest and controversy? Through close reading of several of the play’s crucial scenes, we shall compare our own responses to those of famous commentators.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Literary responses to 9/11: Cormac McCarthy, Mohsin Hamid & Ali Smith

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores responses to 9/11 from McCarthy, Hamid, and Smith, covering a range of positions, from that of loss and confusion, to alienation and pleasure, to resistance to the War on Terror measures that followed the terrorist act.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  4. Keats' 18th century forebears

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Too often it is assumed that the Romantic poets engineered a complete break with their eighteenth-century predecessors. By exploring the work of five of Keats’s forebears, this course offers an opportunity to reconsider that assumption.

    NB. This course will take place at Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London. NW3 2RR.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Diving into the Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys answers Charlotte Bronte

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close consideration of Rhys’ haunting work, Wide Sargasso Sea, we will consider how systems of power and

    history define and subjugate the individual in intimate spaces. Please read the work in preparation for the course.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  6. An introduction to Machiavelli's 'The Prince': "The end does not justify the means"

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the most poignant ideas that emerged from the Italian Renaissance was the centrality of mankind. This new society, in which man could shape his own destiny, led to a new type of ruler, which is perfectly described in Machiavelli's work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Haunting and the uncanny in three gothic novels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore three key Gothic novels focusing on haunting and uncanny events: Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca, 1938 (Gothic romance); Louise Tondeur, The Water’s Edge , 2003 (haunted seaside hotel narrative); Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger, 2009 (Gothic stately home novel) .
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  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

  9. The Gawain Poet

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We know almost nothing about the brilliant poet from North West England who wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness and Patience. We do know that the quality of his work is parallel to that of Chaucer, his 14th Century contemporary; this course aims to find out how and why.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Frank O'Hara: standing still and walking in New York

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Urbane, ironic, celebratory, wildly funny’, Frank O’Hara’s poetry registers the pulse of post-war New York, city of abstract expressionism, modern jazz and innovatory poets, many of whom circled O’Hara’s sun.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  11. Play in a day: Cymbeline

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 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 'Cymbeline',

    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

  12. Wit, sex and passion: 17th century English poets

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    English 17th C poetry is characterised by wit and wordplay that still delight. The poems of John Donne are brilliantly ingenious depictions of sexual passion; those of George Herbert moving meditations on religious love; while poems such as To His Coy Mistress tread a fine line between seduction and blackmail.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  13. 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

  14. Shakespeare's unruly women

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will look at a range of Shakespeare's female characters, exploring representations of love, marriage, widowhood, madeness and female power. Characters include Rosalind (As You Like It), Gertrude and Ophelia (Hamlet), Lady Macbeth and the witches (Macbeth) and Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra).
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  15. 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

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