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.
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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. The fiction of Jeanette Winterson: storytelling, fantasy, humour

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inventively recasting myth and history, Winterson constructs powerful narratives of female creativity and sexuality. Discuss her literary development in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985), The Passion (1987) and The Daylight Gate (2013).
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. It's a man's world: three Italian female voices - Fallaci, Ginzburg and Ferrante

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    "I desperately wanted to write like a man. I was horrified at the thought that one would be able to tell that I was a woman by the way I wrote.” (Ginzburg’s interview to Fallaci, July 1963). Discover and discuss feminism and other themes used by three great Italian female writers.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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