Courses – Literature

THE WORLD THROUGH LITERATURE

Various

Literature is the silent witness to our society, its past, present and future. Each week a different tutor selects a piece of literature from across the genres to interpret and provoke the imagination through stimulating presentation and class discussion. For more information please see reading list. 

Course Code: 03 219       Thursday 10.00 – 12.00       Starts 30 January – 9 weeks          Fee: £72/£63

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EXPLORING SATIRE

Rachel Marsh

Swift famously stated, ‘Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own’. Despite this astute definition, critics continue to disagree on exactly what constitutes a work of satire.  Some place the emphasis on the art, others on the satirist, and others on the society that it reflects. These classes will survey satire from Aristophanes to Mikhail Zhvanetsky, to understand how and why this ancient form of humour continues to be relevant and how to recognize different forms and definitions of satire.

  • Exploring Victorian and Contemporary Satire

Course Code: 03 211       Tuesday 6.30 8.30       Starts 28 January – 5 weeks          Fee: £40/£35

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NB Students need not take both courses in order to enjoy the classes.

BOCCACCIO’S DECAMERON

Renato Ammannati

While the Black Plague was ravaging Italy at the end of the Middle Ages, a group of seven young women and three young men left Florence to find refuge in a deserted villa in the countryside of Fiesole. To amuse their evenings, they decide that each member of the group will tell a story each night. The tales they told vary from love to erotic stories. Boccaccio’s Decameron is generally considered one of the greatest masterpieces of classical early Italian prose.

Students are asked to bring a copy of the following book :  The Decameron (Penguin Classics) paperback – 27 Mar 2003 by Giovanni Boccaccio (Author), George Henry McWilliam (Author)

Course Code: 03 207       Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00 Starts 25 February – 5 weeks       Fee: £40/£35

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EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE

Rebecca Brown

I will have my bond.” A 6-week course on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and King Lear

What holds society together love or money? Where does true value lie? How can we be sure we are making the right choices? This course offers the chance to explore two ofShakespeare’s most compelling plays to gain an understanding of the nature of our human bonds. We will study the language, imagery and characterization of each play and, with the help of film extracts and production slides, see how they work in performance.

Participants are asked to read the plays in advance and to bring copies. Nothing more is needed than an enthusiastic, enquiring mind and a readiness to share your ideas in discussion.

Course Code: 03 306       Thursday 10.00 – 12.00       Starts 16 April – 6 weeks          Fee: £48/£42

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THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS: THE ANTICHRIST

Renato Ammannati

The Antichrist appears in a number of passages in the New Testament. This enigmatic opposite and ultimate enemy of Jesus Christ isn’t named in the book of Revelations but is adumbrated in Chapter XIII as the figure coming out of the earth.

  • Students are asked to bring a copy of the Bible.

Course Code: 03 303       Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00       Starts 14 April – 5 weeks          Fee: £40/£35

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