History, culture & writing

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Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.

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  1. A day in the life of the everyday: the twentieth century circadian novel: Mrs. Dalloway, One Fine Day, The Hours
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jenny Stevens
    Novels that fit all their action into just one day (‘circadian novels’) have been penned by some of literature’s most esteemed authors. This course focuses on three novels which use the one-day structure to tell their stories: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (1925), Mollie Pater-Downes’s One Fine Day (1947), and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours (1999). It explores how they portray the inner life of characters, at the same time as engaging with broader social issues of the time.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  2. 'The city was then drama mad!' Irish drama in the 20th century
    Course start date:  Fri 3 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Niall Culligan
    Reflecting on the 1916 Easter Rising, W.B. Yeats speculated: “Did that play of mine send out certain men the English shot?” The Irish political revolution is unique in being preceded by a literary revolution, most especially on the Irish stage, which hugely influenced the generation of politicians and thinkers that went on to shape modern Ireland. In this course we will trace developments in Irish drama throughout the 20th century, from the Irish Literary Revival to experiments from groups such as the Field Day Theatre Company, reading plays by writers including Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge, Seán O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, and Marina Carr.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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