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.
Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
Explore some of the stories of Raymond Carver to discover how, as the Guardian stated, ‘with or without minimalist editing, the humanity of Raymond Carver's storytelling puts him in the same league as Chekhov.’.
Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
Explore these poets’ originality, including their distinctive humour, which marked out their emotional and stylistic space in a poetry world dominated by men; with two brilliant young British women poets who have learned from them.
Course Date: Thu 26 Jul 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
The hopes and fears of this revolutionary era were reflected in the poetry of the leading Romantics, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Shelley. We shall consider – in context – a representative selection of their work.
Course Date: Tue 31 Jul 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
Come and discover how the Wall and other atmospheric Berlin locations distilled Cold War tensions in le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), Deighton’s Funeral in Berlin (1964), and Fleming’s The Living Daylights (1966).
Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
The legend of King Arthur and his knights is one of the great European literary traditions. This course considers the development of the legend in medieval literature, from the earliest allusions to the 15th century.
Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018 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'.
Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
In three of Faulkner’s complex and connected novels, we will examine how narration probes the cracked surfaces of human relationships. The guided, text-based discussion will provide tools towards understanding Faulkner’s complex vision.
Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
Explore some of the best short stories of the modern age – from the great realists such as Chekhov and Joyce, Raymond Carver and Alice Munro to the fantastical, often unsettling work of Kafka and Borges.
Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date) 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 25 September, 9 October, 23 October and 13 and 27 November. No class on 30 October.
From Shakespeare to Mary Shelley, from Romantic poetry to Ibsen to Virginia Woolf, 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 higher level study. Includes three Saturdays.