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Literature

Join us on our courses as we explore the world of literature, from classic books to poetry. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the works of renowned authors and help you develop a deeper appreciation for the written word. Enroll now and embark on a journey of literary discovery!

Shakespeare's Sonnets

 The story behind the publication of Shakespeare's sonnets is indeed complex and controversial. Our course will provide a detailed analysis of these wonderful poems, making it an absorbing experience for both those who already love them and those who want to know more. As a Taster, we will delve into three sonnets, including two well-known ones and one of intriguing mystery.

Reading Books in Library
Stacked Books
Stacked Books

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

If you are a fan of Jane Austen's novels, you will love her first published work, which has been adapted into many great screen versions. The novel is full of heartbreak, romance, secrets, and lies, all set against picturesque backdrops. But it is not just a love story - it is also a fascinating glimpse into a world where social class and money are everything, and young men and women must navigate a harsh marriage market. Join a lively reading and discussion group led by an Austen-mad tutor to explore this witty, sarcastic, and sometimes angry novel and its social history.

To Be a Gentleman: Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations

Great Expectations is one of Dickens’s most succinct and well-organised novels.
It was published in weekly instalments (as opposed to the  habitual monthly instalments) in Dickens's  periodical All the Year Round from 1 December 1860 to August 1861.
It depicts an array of wonderful characters, provides some of Dickens’s best writing on London, criminality and the difficulty of moral choice. From the marvellous opening to the nail-biting conclusion it is eminently readable.
Please read the book before the start of the course or the section we will be discussing on a weekly basis.

During this course we shall examine a number of books which are either prime examples a particular genre or an originator of it thereby opening up ideas of genre and popular fiction.
It would be helpful if you could read the books before we start the course.
But don’t worry if you can’t because the hand-out will contain significant passages which we will discuss.
There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss your favourite genre books!
 
Science Fiction H.G Wells The Time Machine (1895)
 
Gothic/Horror Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1897)
 
Crime Fiction  Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) ‘
 
Children’s Literature Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows (1908)

Popular Fiction: Beginnings and Prime Examples 

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” — Doris Lessing

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