Fiction Courses in London

From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic literature texts and enjoy discovering new writers and adaptations plus share your views in lively classroom discussions.
  1. American science fiction and society

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines North American literature from the science-fiction genre, written in the 1970s and 80s, that addresses issues of race, gender, violence and power. We will start with Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time and then Sheri S. Tepper’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Gate to Women’s Country.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. An introduction to literature: fiction, poetry and drama

    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

  3. Mrs. Dalloway's wanderings

    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. Please read the text beforehand to get the most enjoyment out of the course.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. 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

  5. Moby Dick: an American epic

    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

  6. Literary evening lectures: In all weathers: atmosphere in Thomas Hardy's novels

    Course Date: Fri 24 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy monthly talks and discussion on authors and literary topics that influenced and continue to impact on our understanding of prose, poetry and drama. This month's lecture will be given by Dr.Hugh Epstein:

    'In All Weathers: Atmosphere in Thomas Hardy's Novels'.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  7. French fictions: found in translation

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 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, and Duras's L'Amant.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. 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. Includes Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy and Stevie Smith.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. 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', Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and a selection of contemporary short fiction.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  10. Russian literature from the Golden Age: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 17 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss the work of key writers from 19th century Russian literature, including Chekhov's Lady with Lapdog, Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground and Turgenev's Fathers and Sons.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. American culture of the 1950s: literature, history, film

    Course Date: Wed 19 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Was 1950s America an affluent, homogeneous society or a post war nation in turmoil? Join this exploration of the underside of 1950s American culture through the lens of literature, history and film.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’ novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (to the Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest 19th-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  13. 'You must change your life': why Rilke matters

    'You must change your life': why Rilke matters

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore how the poet Rilke wrestled with some of the deepest issues of the modern spirit, such as the need for non-religious faith and the importance of art to give meaning to life, through writing beautiful, deeply moving poems.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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