Courses – Literature

THE WORLD THROUGH LITERATURE

Various Tutors

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.

Week 1 : 4th February ‘A Rose for Winter’ by Laurie Lee (1955) Tutor : Alison Bell

Week 2 : 11th February ‘Moon Tiger’ by Penelope Lively (1987) Tutor : Esther Read

Week 3 : 18th February ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Frantz Kafka (1915) Tutor : Katie Donnelly

Week 4 : 25th February ‘Weather’ by Jenny Offill (2020) Tutor : Zoe Venditozzi

Week 5 : 4th March ‘The Battle of the Books’ by Jonathan Swift (1704) Tutor : Rachel Marsh

Week 6 : 11th March ‘The 100’ by Kass Morgan (2013) Tutor : Lauren Christie

Week 7 : 18th March ‘Underland : A Deep Time Journey’ by Robert MacFarlane (2019) Tutor : Susan Haigh

The reading list can also be downloaded from here:

WTL reading list Feb 2021

Course code: 04 218  Thursday 10.00/12.00  7 weeks    Starts: 4 February 2021  Fees:  £56/£49

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UNCOVERING MORE CLASSICS: STOWE, ZOLA & ORWELL

This short 3 week course will explore the life, the times and the works of three very different classical writers:

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe and  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Emile Zola and The Debacle
  • George Orwell and 1984

Course Code: 04 210     Tuesday 10.00/12.00   3 weeks  Starts:  9 March 2021  Fees:  £24/£21

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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.

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

Course code: 04 306    Tuesday 2.00/4.00   5 weeks         Starts: 13 April 2021         Fees: £40/£35

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AN INTRODUCTION TO CHILDREN’S LITERATURE 1800-1950

Lauren Christie

An introduction to Children’s Literature 1800-1950, offers the opportunity for a rich, varied and analytical discussion. Classes will take place electronically, and each week will cover important themes in classic texts that signify ways in which the genre has developed throughout the centuries. This will include an extensive study on areas such as storytelling, fairy tales, the ‘Golden Age’ of children’s fiction, and war-time children’s literature. Additionally, there will be an examination into the background of each author and external factors that may have influenced the literature. The unique nature of this genre is the ability to appeal to both children and adults, with often a striking difference in the meaning each readership will take from the text. We will cover issues such as cultural anxiety and historical events, with an introduction to literary theories including cultural studies, gender and pedagogical theory, with an underlying focus on Gothic tropes and adaptation. This combination of critical and textual analysis, literary theory and background research will act both as a general introduction, and as the starting point for future study in this field.

Course code: 04 309    Thursday 10.00/12.00   5 weeks         Starts: 15 April 2021         Fees: £40/£35

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