Fiction

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. A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    A very wicked place: representations of London in Dickens' later novels

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Dickens’s novels London often takes on the force of a character. Augmented by visits (Dickens Museum and the Temple), we shall explore precisely how he expressed his endless fascination with the greatest nineteenth-century metropolis. NB. Course fees include the entrance fee to the Dickens' museum.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  2. How Conrad changed fiction: facing the self in remote places

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Conrad’s stories changed the way we read fiction by placing characters in extreme circumstances and raising doubts about whether it’s possible really to know someone, using unreliable accounts, time shifts and multiple ironies.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. The fiction of Raymond Carver

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the stories of Raymond Carver to discover how, as the Guardian stated, ‘with or without minimalist editing, the humanity of Raymond Carver's storytelling puts him in the same league as Chekhov.’.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  4. English poetry in the age of Napoleon

    Course Date: Thu 26 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The hopes and fears of this revolutionary era were reflected in the poetry of the leading Romantics, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Shelley. We shall consider – in context – a representative selection of their work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  5. The pentangle on the shield: King Arthur in medieval literature

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The legend of King Arthur and his knights is one of the great European literary traditions. This course considers the development of the legend in medieval literature, from the earliest allusions to the 15th century.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  6. Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 8 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 join us to discover what makes a literature class at Build so special.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  7. Diving into Faulkner: 'The Sound and the Fury' to 'Absalom, Absalom!'

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In three of Faulkner’s complex and connected novels, we will examine how narration probes the cracked surfaces of human relationships. The guided, text-based discussion will provide tools towards understanding Faulkner’s complex vision.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  8. An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse literature in a friendly and supportive environment. You will

    read and discuss a wide range of poetry and short stories; in addition we will study novellas by Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Contemporary British and Irish drama

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read and discuss key plays written and performed this century, including those written by Mike Bartlett,

    Caryl Churchill, Jezz Butterworth, Nina Raine, Martin McDonagh, Conor McPherson and David Hare.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  10. The world's great short stories

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the best short stories of the modern age – from the great realists such as Chekhov and Joyce, Raymond Carver and Alice Munro to the fantastical, often unsettling work of Kafka and Borges.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. Shadows of the Raj: fictions of Empire and After

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These classic novels by British and South Asian writers explore the decline and fall of British rule in India, the rise of nationalism, and the making of independent states and new nations from a variety of perspectives. Readings: E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, Rumer Godden's Breakfast with the Nikolides, Anita Desai's Clear Light of Day, and Aamer Hussein's Another Gulmohar Tree.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  12. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare to Mary Shelley, from Romantic poetry to Ibsen to Virginia Woolf, this course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to higher level study. Includes three Saturdays.
    Full fee: £429.00
    Senior fee: £429.00
    Concession: £215.00

  13. Poetry of the City

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How have poets conceived and evoked the cities they lived in? Visit London, Paris, New York, St. Petersburg (among others) in the company of Byron, Baudelaire, Apollinaire, Lorca, Frank O’Hara, Anna Akhmatova, Roy Fisher….
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  14. Rewriting female identity: modern fictions by Kate Chopin, Virginia Woolf, Leonora Carrington and Annie Proulx

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate one hundred years of female writing that explores the boundaries of self-expression, challenging cultural and gender stereotypes and taking the novel and short story into radical new areas of experience and formal innovation.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  15. Women writers: shaping the American literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover intriguing seminal works by four influential American writers of the 20th century: Zora Neale Hurston ('Sweat', 1926), Mary McCarthy (The Company She Keeps, 1942), Joan Didion (Play it as it Lays, 1970) and Elizabeth Hardwick (Sleepless Nights, 1979).
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

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