Literary History Courses in London

From Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to commedia dell’arte to the ‘modern medieval’, revisit or discover writers and books that shaped English language and literature, through expert talks and lively classroom discussion.
  1. The myth of Faust in Goethe and Marlowe

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The myth of the Medieval scholar exchanging his life to satisfy his thirst for knowledge features in several European

    plays and novels. We will look at two interpretations of this story, Goethe’s Faust (Part I) and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Old Norse poetry

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dwarves, Valkyries, heroes, skulls, ale, and the end of the world: it can only be Old Norse poetry, written during the medieval period in Iceland and Scandinavia.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Tolkien as translator

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the 20th Century’s most popular authors, J.R.R. Tolkien was also a scholar of the medieval period. He translated the poetic masterpieces Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf. This course considers his translations, his style, and what it tells us about 20th century perceptions of medieval literature.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. An introduction to Machiavelli's 'The Prince': "The end does not justify the means"

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the most poignant ideas that emerged from the Italian Renaissance was the centrality of mankind. This new society, in which man could shape his own destiny, led to a new type of ruler, which is perfectly described in Machiavelli's work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. American culture of the 1960s: literature, history, film and art

    New
    Course Date: Wed 27 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 1960s was the decade that profoundly changed American culture. We explore the trajectory of a decade, including the presidential terms of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, second wave feminism and radical changes in literature, art and film, all reflecting the historical turbulence of 1960s America.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. A journey through Boccaccio's Decameron

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Decameron is one of the early literary works in the Italian language and it had a significant influence on many other writers. Come and discover the genesis of the novel and some of the stories that still resonate with readers today.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. 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

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