Courses – Literature & Language

THE WORLD THROUGH LITERATURE

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 discussion.

Reading List: October 2018  This gives a full list of the books selected and the tutors leading the discussion.

Code LLD814 Thursday 10.00 – 12.00pm Starts October 18- 9 weeks Fee: £72/£64

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Code LLD929 Thursday 10.00 – 12.00pm Starts January 31 – 9 weeks Fee: £72/£64

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WOMEN IN CRIME FICTION

Rachel Marsh

From the silent victim to the only person to thwart Sherlock Holmes, representations of women in Crime Fiction have varied throughout the history of the genre. Working chronologically, and using short stories, chapters and film, this class will work towards exploring what impact female authors have had on this best-selling genre. No previous knowledge of Crime Fiction is necessary, just a healthy dose of curiosity.

Code LLD810 Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00pm Starts October 17 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35

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SCOTTISH CRIME FICTION

Rachel Marsh

From landscape, to history, to unforgettable Scottish characters, Scotland has become a Crime Fiction focal point. But, just as Scotland is a varied and multicultural nation, Crime Fiction also has many forms. This class will investigate how Scotland has contributed to the popularity and diversity of the genre. The class will use a mixture of lecture and group discussion to investigate short stories, chapters, and film.

Code LLD922 Wednesday 10.00-12.00pm Starts February 27 – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35

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THE BOOK OF REVELATION

Renato Ammannati

The biblical Book of Revelation is an extraordinarily complex literary composition, written by a Christian prophet deported to Patmos before the end of the first century A.D. This course provides a brief introduction to the book, considers authorship, genre, date and the place in which Revelation was supposed to have been written and sketches out some of the numerous interpretations given over the centuries.

NB Students are asked to bring a copy of the Book of Revelation with them.

Code LLD933/2 Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00pm Starts April 16 – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35

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READING CLASSICAL ROMAN LITERATURE

NB These courses are in English and no knowledge of Latin is necessary

THE ANNALS OF TACITUS

Renato Ammannati

This course offers a critical introduction of the Annals and compares it with The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius.

Tacitus is one of the greatest Roman historians. His Annals, reporting in detail the events from the reign of Tiberius to that of Nero (i.e. covering the years 14–68 AD), is generally considered, along with Suetonius’ The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, a key source for modern understanding of the history of the Roman Empire in the first century AD.

NB Students are requested to bring with them a copy of both books:

Recommended editions are:

  • The Twelve Caesars  2003 Gauis Suetonius, Michael Grant (Translator) 
  • The Annals of Imperial Rome 2003 Tacitus, Michael Grant (Translator)

Code LLD86 Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00pm Starts November 6 – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35

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THE AENID

Renato Ammannati

Virgil’s epic poem was written as Augustus was establishing his principate; Aeneas, journeying to his fated destination, lands on the coast of the Italian peninsula and founds Lavinium, parent town of Rome.

NB Students are asked to bring a copy of the book to class.

The recommended edition is: The Aeneid (Penguin Classics) 2003  David West (Introduction, Translator)

Code LLD920 Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00pm Starts February 26 – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35

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