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.
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  1. The Wisdom of Beowulf: Old English poetry

    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.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. 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

  3. Contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using Staying Alive, (Bloodaxe Books, Ed. Neil Astley), we will read and discuss a variety of poetry written in the last 50 years, exploring a range of poetry in terms of theme, style and viewpoints. No class on 26 October.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Four Shakespearean Comedies: "What fools these mortals be!"

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shakespeare’s comedies offer remarkable complexity and nuance. Through close reading of these plays, we shall explore how Shakespeare’s art illuminates the apparent absurdity of human experience and the darker realities threatening to overshadow our happiness.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £311.00
    Concession: £171.00

  5. 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

  6. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (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: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. Build reading group 2

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session with suggestions (contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read The Party by Elizabeth Day. Monthly meetings take place on 5 Oct, 9 Nov, 7 Dec, 1 Feb, 1 March, 29 March, 17 May 14 June and 12 July.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  8. Don Quixote for the 21st century: the first road novel

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore key moments of Cervantes's book in order to understand why is it considered to be the first modern novel.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Love and desire in Shakespeare

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Shakespeare presents the delights and difficulties of love and desire in a range of plays, and in so doing consider the practical contemporary significance of his insights.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Dubliners: a taste of James Joyce through two short stories

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    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

  11. Monstrous marvels of the Medieval literary imagination

    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.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Short story reading group: classics to contemporary

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories. Please come to the first session having read Guy De Maupassant’s ‘The Necklace’ and Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Good Country People’ (supplied by the tutor). Meetings on 29 Oct, 3 December, 4 Feb, 11 March, 13 May and 24 June.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. An introduction to poetry

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018
    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

  14. Clothes make the woman: a sartorial history of women in the 20th century

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did you know that ready-made clothes were initially disparaged on moral grounds, that Amy Johnson was dressed by Schiaparelli, and that some 1960s’ employers introduced ‘modesty boards’ for mini-skirted staff? Come and find out more.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  15. Faith and doubt in Victorian poetry

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian Britain saw an upsurge of religious affirmation in the context of profound unease concerning the assertions of faith. We shall consider how the work of the age’s most accomplished poets expresses that paradox.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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