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. The fiction of Raymond Carver

    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.’.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. The Queen of Calvary: Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop and Stevie Smith

    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  3. Understanding poetry

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare and Milton to Ezra Pound and Frank O'Hara, what makes different types of poetry tick, and how can we gain the confidence to read them perceptively and with real enjoyment?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  4. English poetry in the age of Napoleon

    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.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  5. Divided city: Berlin in Cold War fiction

    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).
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. The pentangle on the shield: King Arthur in medieval literature

    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.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

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

    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'.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  8. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 8 Sep 2018 (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: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. Contemporary British and Irish drama

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read and discuss key plays written and performed this century, including those written by Mike Bartlett,

    Caryl Churchill, Jezz Butterworth, Nina Raine, Martin McDonagh, Conor McPherson and David Hare.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  10. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse literature in a friendly and supportive environment. You will

    read and discuss a wide range of poetry and short stories; in addition we will study novellas by Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Diving into Faulkner: 'The Sound and the Fury' to 'Absalom, Absalom!'

    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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  12. The world's great short stories

    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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  13. Visiting London theatre today

    Visiting London theatre today

    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.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £213.00

  14. Make it New! How poetry became modern

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We look at how and why poetry changed between 1890 and 1925, breaking with the traditional forms and language of the past thousand years to become modern in style, ideas and feelings.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £429.00
    Senior fee: £429.00
    Concession: £215.00

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