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. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1970s and 80s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. We will start with Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time and then Sheri S. Tepper’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Gate to Women’s Country.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. Wordsworth: the Prelude -'The growth of a poet's mind'

    Wordsworth: the Prelude -'The growth of a poet's mind'

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Prelude is Wordsworth’s ultimate testimony, offering a richly varied poetic autobiography. We shall discuss extracts from each of the poem’s 13 books to gain a sense of the complexity and coherence of Wordsworth’s achievement.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  3. An introduction to literature: fiction, poetry and drama

    An introduction to literature: fiction, poetry and drama

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore themes of deceit, guilt, personal and social responsibility and class, in Ian McEwan's 2001 novel, 'Atonement', and David Hare's 1995 play, 'Skylight'. We will also read a selection of short stories and poetry.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  4. Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' with Thomas Middleton's  'Women Beware Women'

    Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' with Thomas Middleton's 'Women Beware Women'

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Measure for Measure is a comedy and Women Beware Women a tragedy, but they share a highly satirical and problematic approach to power and sexual relationships, which is characteristic of the Jacobean period to which they belong.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  5. Mrs. Dalloway's wanderings

    Mrs. Dalloway's wanderings

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close reading of Virginia Woolf's masterpiece Mrs. Dalloway, we will explore how the early Modernists used the vibrancy and decay of the city to expand their vision. Please read the text beforehand to get the most enjoyment out of the course.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Drama in society: text to performance

    Course Date: Thu 9 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read, discuss and view two 20th century plays that demonstrate the potency of drama as literary and performance texts with two plays dealing with truth and lies: Ibsen's The Wild Duck and Arthur Miller's All My Sons.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Our world made new: utopias and dystopias

    Course Date: Mon 13 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore how writers have imagined our world as a better and a worse place, with satires and warnings from More’s Utopia to Margaret Atwood. How have some changed the way we think?
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  8. Moby Dick: an American epic

    Moby Dick: an American epic

    Course Date: Tue 14 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Herman Melville’s epic, we will examine how narration and the arc of the story reveal a deep and troubled relationship between humans and their environment—a prophetic work about leadership, ambition and the desperate grasp of power.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  9. Modernist poets and the influence of Old English poetry

    Modernist poets and the influence of Old English poetry

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    20th Century poets took an interest in the earliest English poetry, written in the Old English language. This course considers the influence of Old English poetry on W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Literary evening lectures: In all weathers: atmosphere in Thomas Hardy's novels

    Course Date: Fri 24 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy monthly talks and discussion on authors and literary topics that influenced and continue to impact on our understanding of prose, poetry and drama. This month's lecture will be given by Dr.Hugh Epstein:

    'In All Weathers: Atmosphere in Thomas Hardy's Novels'.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  11. The medieval muse: Chaucer and the classical world

    Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Chaucer is known for his wide-ranging subject matter. Influenced by the work of Classical writers, how did this medieval poet engage with the thought and writing of Classical writers, and how did he represent the Classical world?
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. French fictions: found in translation

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will be looking at a selection of classic French novels in translation, covering a generous span of time from the 1870s to the 1980s. Titles will include Flaubert's Une Vie Simple, Maupassant's Bel-Ami, Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes, and Duras's L'Amant.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Advanced studies in fiction and poetry

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Saying something; not saying something: we will study post-war fiction and poetry by a range of British writers who take commitment and detachment, engagement and avoidance, as their theme or method. Includes Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy and Stevie Smith.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Course Date: Thu 13 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through Philip Roth's American trilogy novel, 'I Married a Communist', Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and a selection of contemporary short fiction.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Divine Comedy is an imaginary journey through the three realms of the afterlife. It's a fascinating compendium of life in 14th century Italy, but Dante's ability to depict humanity in all its aspects is timelss and has fascinated readers ever since.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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