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. In addition, please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
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  1. Classics reading group

    Course Date: Mon 30 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and discuss some of the great books from the golden age of the novel - the 19th century. We’ll be reading and talking about classics such as Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Jane Austen’s Emma. Classes on 30/10/17, 4/12/17, 5/218 and 12/3/18.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath: bursting all the doors

    Course Date: Thu 2 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    No two voices could be more dissimilar, yet the impact of both remains unparalleled in American women’s poetry. Explore the full range of Dickinson’s and Plath’s art - passionate, candid, dangerously subversive, controversial and adored.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. Introduction to poetry

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to read and discuss poetry? Enjoy this introduction to a range of poetry from the last 400 years and explore how the poets shape our responses.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Dubliners: between paralysis and epiphany in 'Two Sisters' and 'The Dead'

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip into James Joyce in a dynamic one-day course with two selections from Dubliners. We will consider the nature of paralysis and epiphany in ‘Two Sisters’ and ‘The Dead’. Please read these in preparation.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. The poetry of Yeats: a life in verse

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the lyrical verse of 'The Wanderings of Oisin' (1889) to the modernism of 'Last Poems' (1938), learn of the remarkable journey of one of the 20th century's greatest poets.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  6. Sweet cravings and a Schiaparelli dress: women write about the 1940s

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Consider how women saw their lives and their future at the end of the Second World War via two enduring novels: Muriel Spark’s 'The Girls of Slender Means' and Mollie Panter-Downes’ 'One Fine Day'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Frank O'Hara and the New York School

    Course Date: Sun 19 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    ‘Urbane, ironic, celebratory, wildly funny’, Frank O’Hara’s poetry registers the pulse of post-war New York, city of abstract expressionism, modern jazz and innovatory poets, many of whom circled O’Hara’s sun.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Masters of Eastern European modernism: Franz Kafka and Bruno Schulz

    Course Date: Sat 25 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore two of the greatest 20th century writers, Czech and Polish, whose imaginations pull in exactly opposite directions, towards austerity and microscopic realism or towards fantasy and linguistic intoxication - both with magical and spellbinding results.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  9. The seven ages of woman: radical and dissenting voices in 18th- and early 19th-century poetry

    Course Date: Sun 26 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to sample the rich legacy of women’s poetry from the 18th and early 19th centuries, recently rediscovered in the wake of feminism. Ranging from aristocrats to milkmaids, the poets cover many aspects of female experience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
    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

  11. Introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read and discuss plays including 'Hamlet' by Shakespeare and 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller in terms of language, characterisation, ideas , structure and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  12. Classic drama

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Read view and discuss three classic plays : Euripides 'The Trojan Women', 'Measure for Measure' by Shakespeare and 'The Duchess of Malfi' by John Webster in terms of themes, language,and social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Visiting London theatre today

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    See a play every other week, mostly off West End and fringe theatre. Explore the playwright's work beforehand and analyse and discuss the production afterwards. Fee includes contribution towards theatre tickets. The first session is at Build. If you miss this session please contact Humanities on 020 7492 2652. Visits on 16/1, 30/1, 13/2, 27/2 and 13/3.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £209.00

  14. Joyce's toolkit

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Homer's Odyssey, Hamlet and selections from Joyce's Portrait of the Artist, considering the questioning and dissenting mind across ages. Satisfying on its own, this course will be excellent preparation for a study of Joyce's Ulysses.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. The emperor of ice cream: why Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore and Frank O'Hara matter

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore why these three poets are important for their original uses of language and form, their wit and humour, and their life-long belief that poetry can enrich the reader’s imagination.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

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