Literature

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. Women writers: shaping the American literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover intriguing seminal works by four influential American writers of the 20th century: Zora Neale Hurston ('Sweat', 1926), Mary McCarthy (The Company She Keeps, 1942), Joan Didion (Play it as it Lays, 1970) and Elizabeth Hardwick (Sleepless Nights, 1979).
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  2. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Read and discuss some of Keats' poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Explore 'The Odes' and 'The Eve of St. Agnes'. The course takes place at Keats House and is led by literature tutor Jenny Baynes.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. Don Quixote for the 21st century: the first road novel

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore key moments of Cervantes's book in order to understand why is it considered to be the first modern novel.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Love and desire in Shakespeare

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Shakespeare presents the delights and difficulties of love and desire in a range of plays, and in so doing consider the practical contemporary significance of his insights.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Dubliners: a taste of James Joyce through two short stories

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip into James Joyce in a dynamic one-day course with two selections from Dubliners. We will consider the nature of paralysis and epiphany in ‘Two Sisters’ and ‘The Dead’. Please read these in preparation.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Monstrous marvels of the Medieval literary imagination

    Course Date: Sun 28 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Medieval literature is full of strange creatures, some of which were believed to exist at the edge of the known world. This course explores the representation of the monstrous in some manuscripts of the medieval period.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Short story reading group: classics to contemporary

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories. Please come to the first session having read Guy De Maupassant’s ‘The Necklace’ and Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Good Country People’ (supplied by the tutor). Meetings on 29 Oct, 3 December, 4 Feb, 11 March, 13 May and 24 June.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. An introduction to poetry

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to read and discuss poetry? Enjoy this introduction to a range of poetry from the last 400 years and explore how the poets shape our responses.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. Clothes make the woman: a sartorial history of women in the 20th century

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did you know that ready-made clothes were initially disparaged on moral grounds, that Amy Johnson was dressed by Schiaparelli, and that some 1960s’ employers introduced ‘modesty boards’ for mini-skirted staff? Come and find out more.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. Faith and doubt in Victorian poetry

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian Britain saw an upsurge of religious affirmation in the context of profound unease concerning the assertions of faith. We shall consider how the work of the age’s most accomplished poets expresses that paradox.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. A voice from Europe: the legacy of John Berger - novelist, critic, art historian

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover Berger's half a century of writing in every conceivable genre on literature, art, creativity and many of the intractable issues facing the world today, including “To the Wedding”, “The Seventh Man”, and “The Red Tenda of Bologna”.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Literary Evening Lecture: David Constantine - What my poetry owes to translation

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and join us for a stimulating evening of lecture and discussion at our November Literary Evening Lecture, where the writer and translator David Constantine will read from his poetry. He will also talk about how translating from foreign languages has helped him in his own writing. The evening will includes a more general discussion of the need for translation in the making of any nation's poetic language.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  13. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 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 find out what makes a literature class at Build so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  14. An introduction to literature: drama. Image: Antony and Cleopatra by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

    An introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss plays including 'Much Ado About Nothing' by William Shakespeare and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tenessee Williams, in terms of language, characterisation, ideas , structure and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three classic plays: Antigone by Sophocles, Richard II by Shakespeare and Hedda Gabler by Ibsen in terms of themes, language, political, social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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