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.
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.
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.
Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019 Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
"I desperately wanted to write like a man. I was horrified at the thought that one would be able to tell that I was a woman by the way I wrote.” (Ginzburg’s interview to Fallaci, July 1963). Discover and discuss feminism and other themes used by three great Italian female writers.
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.
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.
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?
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