Literary history

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 Wisdom of Beowulf: Old English poetry

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What was poetry like before the Norman Conquest? This course explores the diverse themes and uniform style of Old English poetry, and the techniques of its creators, from short riddles and lyrics to the epic Beowulf.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Monstrous marvels of the Medieval literary imagination

    Course Date: Sun 28 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Medieval literature is full of strange creatures, some of which were believed to exist at the edge of the known world. This course explores the representation of the monstrous in some manuscripts of the medieval period.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Poets of Medieval London: Chaucer, Gower and the urban poetic imagination

    Course Date: Sun 24 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did urban poets write about London in medieval England? From Southwark taverns to significant London landmarks and events, this course considers work by two friends, John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. 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

  5. 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

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