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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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 include 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

  5. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Women's lives and literature of the 1960s

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What was life really like for women in ‘the swinging sixties’? Explore the myths and realities of that decade via writers such as Lynne Reid-Banks, Edna O’Brien, Nell Dunn and Angela Carter.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  9. American gothic: the darker side of fiction

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss the work of great 19th and 20thC writers such as Hawthorne. Melville, Poe, Emily Dickinson and Flannery O’Connor – and learn about the dark streak that runs through so much of the best American literature.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. Visiting London theatre today

    Visiting London theatre today

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. Explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at Build. If you miss this session please contact Humanities on 020 7492 2652. Visits on 22/1, 5/2, 26/2, 12/3, and 26/3. No class 19/2.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Poetry cooked and raw: from Emily Dickinson to the Beat poets

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how poets moved during the 20th century from formal language and regular form towards more natural language, freer forms and more direct expression of feeling, including the Beat Poets, confessionalism and prose poetry.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Meeting Proust on 'Swann's Way'

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover Proust's inner world exploration in a close reading of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way. A deferred kiss, a dipped madeleine and a whole world unfolds.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  13. World fiction: hidden treasures

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Freshly translated or newly discovered gems of international writing from the second half of the 20th century include Family Lexicon by Natala Ginzburg (Italy), Reunion by Fred Uhlman (Germany/GB), A Broken Mirror by Merce Rodoreda (Catalonia), Basic Black With Pearls by Helen Weinzweig (Poland/Canada) and The Birds by Tarjei Vesas (Norway).
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  14. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. Come and enjoy reading and discussing a range of poetry and prose including short stories and a short novel. Lots of lively discussion.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. Contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using Staying Alive, (Bloodaxe Books, Ed. Neil Astley) and a range of poems supplied by the tutor, we will read and discuss a variety of poetry written in the last 50 years, exploring a range of poetry in terms of theme, style and viewpoints. No class on 22 Feb.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  16. The complete Samuel Beckett

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A comprehensive tour of Beckett’s astonishing output in all genres across seven decades and an assessment of his significance today, with close attention to key works including “Murphy”, “Molloy”, “Godot”, “Happy Days” and “Nohow On”.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  17. British literature: 1900-1950

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss novels, poems and short stories by significant authors including E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Bowen, discovering how they responded to and illuminated the social, political and psychological upheavals of this crucial period of British history.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  18. Film of the book

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    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 James M. Cain's 1941 novel Mildred Pierce, filmed as noir/melodrama in 1945 (dr.Michael Curtiz) and two novels with screenplays by Harold Pinter: Penelope Mortimer’s 1962 novel The Pumpkin Eater (dr. Jack Clayton,1964) and Accident (1965) by Nicholas Mosley (dr. Joseph Losey,1967).
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  19. Milton: Paradise Lost – ‘Our inner freedom’

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Paradise Lost excites fascination and controversy, confronting the existence of evil in a divinely ordained world. We shall consider a representative selection of crucial passages to illuminate the practical contemporary significance of this cosmic work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  20. Bertolt Brecht: poet in times of revolution, war and exile

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The day, led by the writer and translator David Constantine, will be an introduction to Brecht's life and times and an exploration of a range of his poetry.



    Biography:

    David Constantine, born 1944 in Salford, Lancashire, was for thirty years a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published a dozen volumes of poetry (most recently – 2014 – Elder); two novels, Davies (1985) and The Life-Writer (2015); and five collections of short stories. He is an editor and translator of Hölderlin, Goethe, Kleist and Brecht. For his stories he won the BBC National and the Frank O’ Connor International Awards (2010, 2013).The film 45 Years was based on his story In Another Country. With Helen Constantine he edited Modern Poetry in Translation, 2003-12. Later this year Bloodaxe will publish his new and greatly enlarged Selected Poetry of Hölderlin and Norton his translations, with Tom Kuhn, of more than 1000 poems of Bertolt Brecht.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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