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. 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

  2. French fictions: found in translation

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 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, Sartre's La Nausee and Duras's L'Amant.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  3. 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'

    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

    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.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Course Date: Sun 5 May 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course, led by Nick Field, Build literature tutor and former Keats House Poet in Residence, will give you the chance to read, explore and discuss some of Keats' most significant poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Poems include "The Odes" and "The Eve of St.Agnes".
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. 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 American drama as literary and performance texts, considering dreams and delusions of families in the Depression and post-war times that resonate in the modern world: Awake and Sing! By Clifford Odets (1935) and All My Sons by Arthur Miller (1947).
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Contemporary British playwriting and theatre

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on key works in modern British theatre, we explore developments since the boom in new writing in the 1990’s, the work of major playwrights in context and the significance of new contemporary theatre forms. Writers include Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens and Jez Butterworth.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Bob Dylan: 'busy being born'

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For over 50 years, Bob Dylan has shown mercurial delight in striking out in unpredictable directions. We shall track the remarkable unfolding of his career, from classic Sixties compositions to his most recent album, Tempest (2012).
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. 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

  14. 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.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. 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' and Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad'.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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