Literature Courses in London

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.
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  1. Fiction narratives: how symbols reach our deepest feelings

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes some stories more memorable than others so that, once we’ve read them, we never forget them? We explore how some stories are more powerful and memorable than others because they use symbols which reach directly to our deepest desires and fears.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  2. Myths and classics retold: from Jean Rhys to Colm Toibin

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read reworkings of canonical myths and classics including Colm Toibin's House of Names (the Oresteia), Christa Wolf's Cassandra, Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls (The Iliad), John Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius (Hamlet) and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea (Jane Eyre).
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Contemporary American writing by women

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The American canon is dominated by white, male writers. In this course, we seek to rectify this by exploring the work of women from all backgrounds working across disciplines. Authors include Joan Didion, Alice Walker, Amy Tan and Siri Hustvedt.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  4. British literature 1900-1950: travellers' tales

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the ways in which British writers such as Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood used ‘travellers’ tales’ to explore themes of identity, history, creativity and transgression in the first half of the twentieth century.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  5. 19th century American literature

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class explores 19th century American literature, from slave narratives to the works of the American Renaissance, reading classic texts to broaden knowledge of literary history through a range of influential stories, poems and novels. Among the writers considered will be Irving, Douglass, Whitman, Dickinson, Melville, and Twain.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. An introduction to literature: drama. Image: Antony and Cleopatra by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

    An introduction to literature: drama

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read, discuss and view extracts from three plays: Hamlet by Shakespeare, The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett in terms of theme, character, language and how they work as performance texts.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  7. Shakespeare the controversialist

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shakespeare’s plays continue to stimulate intense debate. This course offers the opportunity to consider and compare four which have proved especially contentious. Through close reading we shall see how Shakespeare’s art still challenges our assumption.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £311.00
    Concession: £171.00

  8. London lowlife in fiction

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the themes of poverty, politics, gender and ethnicity in London at the end of the 19th century/start of the 20th century through the eyes of writers of fiction, but also through the testimony of their non-fiction contemporaries – social investigators, government officials, journalists and philanthropists.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  9. East goes West: Pamuk and Kundera

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What can the visionary journeys of two of the most celebrated and controversial figures in World Literature teach us about the experience of living on the edge, geographically and culturally, of the European continent at the end of the 20th century and today?
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Read and discuss some of Keats' poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Explore 'The Odes' and 'The Eve of St. Agnes'. The course takes place at Keats House and is led by literature tutor Jenny Baynes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  11. The myth of Faust in Goethe and Marlowe

    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

  12. Old Norse poetry

    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

  13. Short story reading group: classics to contemporary

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories where we will be reading "The Destructors" by Graham Greene and "How to Win" by Daisy Johnson. Meetings on 28 Oct, 2 December, 3 Feb, 9 March, 11 May and 22 June.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Writing on the walls: London prose in the late 20th century 1973-1988

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at a selection of London prose writing from 1973 to 1988, this course explores key trends in literary depictions of the city to have emerged during this time. Including canonical and lesser-known writers, it offers a wide panorama as well as plentiful opportunities for close analysis.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  15. An introduction to poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    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: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

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