Fiction

From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic texts and enjoy discovering new writers and adaptations plus share your views in lively classroom discussions.
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  1. Classics reading group

    Course Date: Mon 30 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and discuss some of the great books from the golden age of the novel - the 19th century. We’ll be reading and talking about classics such as Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Jane Austen’s Emma. Classes on 30/10/17, 4/12/17, 5/218 and 12/3/18.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. Dubliners: between paralysis and epiphany in 'Two Sisters' and 'The Dead'

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    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

  3. The poetry of Yeats: a life in verse

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the lyrical verse of 'The Wanderings of Oisin' (1889) to the modernism of 'Last Poems' (1938), learn of the remarkable journey of one of the 20th century's greatest poets.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Sweet cravings and a Schiaparelli dress: women write about the 1940s

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Consider how women saw their lives and their future at the end of the Second World War via two enduring novels: Muriel Spark’s 'The Girls of Slender Means' and Mollie Panter-Downes’ 'One Fine Day'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Masters of Eastern European modernism: Franz Kafka and Bruno Schulz

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore two of the greatest 20th century writers, Czech and Polish, whose imaginations pull in exactly opposite directions, towards austerity and microscopic realism or towards fantasy and linguistic intoxication - both with magical and spellbinding results.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  6. Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
    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

  7. Joyce's toolkit

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Homer's Odyssey, Hamlet and selections from Joyce's Portrait of the Artist, considering the questioning and dissenting mind across ages. Satisfying on its own, this course will be excellent preparation for a study of Joyce's Ulysses.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. You will read and discuss a wide range of poetry and prose including the novel 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot and some short stories.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Women's lives and literature of the1950s

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the myths and realities of women’s lives in the 1950s via the playwright Shelagh Delaney, novelists Penelope Mortimer and Barbara Pym, and autobiographical writing from that decade.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Film of the book

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read works of fiction and view their cinematic adaptations, considering if 'fidelity' is important in bringing a literary text to the screen. Includes 'A Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes (2011), film 2017 (dir. Ritesh Batra), and Alice Munro's 'The Bear Came over the Mountain' (2001), filmed by Sarah Polley as 'Away from Her' (2006).
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  11. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1980s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. Includes Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Kindred, by Octavia Butler and selected short fiction from the period.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  12. The fiction of Hilary Mantel

    Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discuss three works of fiction by the prize writer Hilary Mantel: the ghost novel Beyond Black, the celebrated Tudor historical novel Bring Up the Bodies and the controversial story ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. William Blake: 'eternity's sunrise'

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss Blake’s epic attempt to encourage us to throw off our “mind-forg’d manacles”. A representative selection of his writings (and most potent images) – from the Songs to The Four Zoas – will be considered.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Literature of displacement: Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things and Toni Morrison's A Mercy

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using these two evocative works and selections from A Country of Refuge, we will consider how the loss or breakdown of one's home culture is reflected in the lived experience of characters and in narrative form.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Diving below the surface: fiction

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore themes of colonialism, race and culture, loyalty and betrayal, love and violence, in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2007 novel, Half of a Yellow Sun and a selection of short stories.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

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