Myths and classics retold: from Jean Rhys to Colm Toibin

Course Dates: 18/09/19 - 20/11/19
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:
Aamer Hussein

We will read reworkings of canonical myths and classics including Colm Toibin's House of Names (the Oresteia), Christa Wolf's Cassandra, Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls (The Iliad), John Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius (Hamlet) and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea (Jane Eyre).

Description

What is the course about?

We will read reworkings of canonical myths and classics including Colm Toibin's House of Names (the Oresteia), Christa Wolf's Cassandra, Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls (The Iliad), John Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius (Hamlet) and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea (Jane Eyre).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Analyse the texts with greater confidence.
- Create for yourself a framework for the texts you read.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Anyone with an interest in fiction is welcome.You will need an enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in a group. You will be willing and and able to read and prepare outside the class. You will be interested in listening to, and learning from, the responses of other students to the works discussed. You will have a commitment to developing your analytical skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be a mixture of tutor input and class discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The texts above will need to be bought.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for Literature courses under Humanities in the prospectus and under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk on the web.

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Book your place

Course Code: HLT16

Wed, day, 18 Sep - 20 Nov '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £143.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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