Literature Courses in London

We offer a wide range of literature courses at Build. 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. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’ novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (to the Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest 19th-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  2. Play in a day: 'The Tempest'

    Play in a day: 'The Tempest'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    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 'The Tempest', discusses characters, identifies themes, draws parallels with Shakespeare's other plays, looks at language and analyses key scenes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Poetry and resistance: Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Mandelstam and the decades of Soviet rule

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The three greatest poets of the revolutionary and Stalinist periods, and the ways their personalities and the calamitous events that beset their society found expression in works of unparalleled passion, intellectual sophistication and monumental restraint.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  4. Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate the genius of Shakespeare: his timeless themes, complex characterisation, beautiful language and power in performance. Explore extracts from plays including 'Hamlet', 'Othello, Richard III', 'Twelfth Night' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  5. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and join us to discover what makes a literature class at Build so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  6. Modern Irish and British drama

    New
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss some key drama texts from the last 50 years in terms of theme, character, language and as performance texts. Plays studied will include 'Betrayal' by Harold Pinter, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill and Translations by Brian Friel.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Proust Vol 2: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

    New
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Proust’s masterpiece comes to life with supportive resources and invigorated discussion. Through close reading of the second volume, we are immersed in the life of this most introspective narrator in the modernist classic.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  8. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson, from Charles Dickens to Ibsen, Henry James and Virginia Wolf, this course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study. Includes three Saturdays.
    Full fee: £439.00
    Senior fee: £439.00
    Concession: £220.00

  9. Great European short stories

    New
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the most intriguing, powerful and moving European short stories of the modern age – from the great realists such as Gustave Flaubert, Isaac Babel and Thomas Mann, to Joseph Conrad and Albert Camus and master of the narrative form Somerset Maugham, to the fantastical tales of Italo Calvino.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  10. Visiting London theatre today

    Visiting London theatre today

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. You will explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes a contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at Build. If you miss this session please contact Humanities on 020 7492 2652. Visits on

    24 September, 8 October, 29October and12 and 26 November. No class on 22 October.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £223.00

  11. British Literature 1900-1950: Travellers' Tales

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the ways in which British writers such as Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood used ‘travellers’ tales’ to explore themes of identity, history, creativity and transgression in the first half of the twentieth century.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  12. Fiction narratives: how symbols reach our deepest feelings

    New
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes some stories more memorable than others so that, once we’ve read them, we never forget them? We explore how some stories are more powerful and memorable than others because they use symbols which reach directly to our deepest desires and fears.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  13. Myths and classics retold: from Jean Rhys to Colm Toibin

    New
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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).
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Contemporary American writing by women

    New
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The American canon is dominated by white, male writers. In this course, we seek to rectify this by exploring the work of women from all backgrounds working across disciplines. Authors include Joan Didion, Alice Walker, Amy Tan and Siri Hustvedt.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  15. 19th century American literature

    New
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class explores 19th century American literature, from slave narratives to the works of the American Renaissance, reading classic texts to broaden knowledge of literary history through a range of influential stories, poems and novels. Among the writers considered will be Irving, Douglass, Whitman, Dickinson, Melville, and Twain.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

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