Fiction Courses in London

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. Levi, Modiano, Sebald and Roth: witnessing and imagining the Holocaust

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ways four exceptional writers have refused, through powerful acts of reconstruction, self-effacement, painstaking research or uninhibited dystopian fantasy, to fall silent in face of a horror so profound it has threatened, for many, to overwhelm all notions of human progress or the role of art in modern civilisation.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. Don DeLillo's 21st century fiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Over the course of his career, Don DeLillo has produced an extraordinary range of novels which examine what it means to think, to feel and to be. This day-long course gives you a change to study his work, contexts, and influences.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. America in the 60s: culture and society

    Course Date: Wed 13 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, music and film, all reflecting the historical turbulence of 1960s America.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. W.G. Sebald: memory and narrative voice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    W. G. Sebald’s late twentieth-century prose narratives cross borders between past and present, memory and history, and current and previous generations. This one-day course will explore Sebald’s achievement through the themes of memory, forgetting, ethics and storytelling.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Trouble in Paradise: the American suburban novel

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The American suburb was supposed to be a kind of haven – an oasis of marital calm and tranquillity. It didn’t always turn out that way…Trouble in Paradise explores three books that probe the darkness behind the picket fence and manicured lawn: John Updike’s Rabbit Run, Anne Tyler’s The Amateur Marriage and Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Diversity in comics and graphic novels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores diversity in comics and graphic novels. We will focus on the history of race and LGBTQ representation in Comics.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. The American West in literature and film

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 9 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Howdy Pardners! This class examines the American West in literature and film from the 20th century up to the present day. By looking at a diverse range of texts and films, the class will explore the longstanding and ongoing fascination with, and importance of the legacy of the American West.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Contemporary American literature - Philip Roth

    Contemporary American literature

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones, a selection of contemporary short fiction and another title tbc.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. The female detective in Literature and Film

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course looks at the development in fiction and, more recently, on film, of the female detective. Detective fiction has always featured female writers and an increasing number of female investigators. This course will look at some of them in both their fictional and screen incarnations.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. Mrs Dalloway: a walk into the world of Virginia Woolf

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close reading of Virginia Woolf's masterpiece Mrs. Dalloway, we will explore how the early Modernists used the vibrancy and decay of the city to expand their vision.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. A hunger artist: how Kafka came to write

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did Kafka come to write some of the most extraordinary fictions ever written? - the man who wakes up as a beetle, a judicial torture-machine, an ape’s lecture, a man whose name is reduced to a letter and his endless quest for justice. We explore why Kafka wrote such stories. Please read (or re-read) The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony beforehand.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Contested spaces: Israeli and Palestinian writing by Oz, Grossman, Darwish and Ali

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Against the backdrop of a conflict that has dominated the Middle East since the mid-20th century and shows no sign of ending, discover four reasoned, eloquent and deeply philosophical voices – two novelists, two poets – whose personal lives intersect with all the major events but whose writing transcends time and place.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson, from Charles Dickens to Ibsen, Henry James and Virginia Wolf, 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 a higher level of study. Includes three Saturdays.
    Full fee: £439.00
    Senior fee: £439.00
    Concession: £220.00

  14. Great European short stories

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the most intriguing, powerful and moving European short stories of the modern age – from the great realists such as Gustave Flaubert, Isaac Babel and Thomas Mann, to Joseph Conrad and Albert Camus and master of the narrative form Somerset Maugham, to the fantastical tales of Italo Calvino.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. Get together and read

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories, poems and drama? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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