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We've hand-picked a variety of English literature courses for you to choose from. Whether you are interested in twenty-first-century literature and culture, the tales of Babylon, or historical topics such as race and gender, we have a broad selection of literature that鈥檚 sure to suit a wide variety of tastes and interests.  

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Literature: Uncovering the World of Myth

In this 10-week, online course learners will read, explore and enjoy stories from an array of the great texts that belong to the mythic traditions of the Classical world and wider antiquity; you will consider the hold that mythology continues to have over the modern mind, thinking about how and why these works and stories still resonate today and have persisted for so long, as well as setting them against their own time and seeking to understand their original intent. In doing so we will think about genre, style and form, as well as considering authorship and culture through appraising the backgrounds and context of each text, and particular writers, whilst also looking into more modern art and culture that has been influenced by and reworked these myths, this will add crucial context but also dive into the modern reading of the texts and myths. All texts will be read in English translation in a supportive atmosphere and with a knowledgeable tutor

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Simon Haworth
Course code:
Q00013311
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢74.00

Literature: 鈥楩air and Forthright鈥

In this course we consider a range of texts across the ages, and a range of authors who may surprise us. We will be studying visionaries, radicals, the outspoken and the contemplative. There will be true encounters with wild beasts described, battles of will, acts of daring and downright mischief. Questions will be asked about the societies forming the backdrop to these texts, and how the call for justice was vital to giving half of each population a voice. How do these writers make a case for justice? How do they present to us the potential in their characters and their confidence in themselves? The link between all these texts? - they were all written by women.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Newcastle Quaker Meeting House (Newcastl
West Avenue
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 4ES
Tutor:
Clare Jackson
Course code:
Q00014743
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢84.00

Literature: Portraits of Society, 1954 鈥 1961 The Angry Decade?

We will discuss four novels, published between 1954 and 1961, and think about whether they have stood the test of time. Much of this period has been labelled as the decade of The Angry Young Men. We will be thinking about what that means, and whether any of these four novels belong in that grouping as we look, in detail, at The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins; Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis; The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark and A Severed Head, by Iris Murdoch. We will consider how these writers present society.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Humphris
Course code:
Q00014010
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢59.20

Literature: Portraits of Society, 1954 鈥 1961 The Angry Decade?

We will discuss four novels, published between 1954 and 1961, and think about whether they have stood the test of time. Much of this period has been labelled as the decade of The Angry Young Men. We will be thinking about what that means, and whether any of these four novels belong in that grouping as we look, in detail, at The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins; Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis; The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark and A Severed Head, by Iris Murdoch. We will consider how these writers present society.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Humphris
Course code:
Q00014011
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢59.20

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Literature: Shakespeare鈥檚 鈥楻omeo and Juliet鈥

The course will evaluate 鈥楻omeo and Juliet鈥 as an early example of Shakespeare鈥檚 innovative approach to the writing of tragedy: we will consider the play in relation to Elizabethan theatre of the 1590s, its place in Shakespeare鈥檚 own early development as a playwright, and analyse its effectiveness as a tragedy of love, especially in relation to gender. We will consider the play both on the page (through close readings of the text) and on the stage (comparing different performance clips), as a way of exploring different possibilities of interpretation and of staging. Above all, we will discuss the play among ourselves, sharing and testing out a variety of responses, and deepening our understanding of Shakespeare鈥檚 methods and achievements as a playwright.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 30/04/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Peter Finch-Sieg
Course code:
Q00015345
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢29.60

Care 2: Find Out About The Weird and Wonderful World of Wilkie Collins

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for, find out about Wilkie Collins and learn about aspects of his life from the comfort of your own home. This online course is packed with discussions and exploration of Wilkie Collins and his work.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 08/05/2024 -
Wed 08/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00011039
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Literature: Reading and Enjoying Great Writers

Calling all readers who have always wanted to read classic literary fiction, but don鈥檛 have time. We will probe, praise, parody, and generally know a lot more about great books. The course will remove the fear factor for participants who may have been hesitant to attack thick volumes of great literature. The sessions will enable students to decide what they like, and what writers they are less in tune with. Sessions that will be fun, intriguing, and informative. We will explore fascinating questions, such as: 鈥 What is Realism? 鈥 What is Magical Realism? 鈥 Why did Mantel win two Booker prizes? This course welcomes all those who are curious and enjoy reading.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 08/05/2024 -
Wed 15/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Vanwy Arif
Course code:
Q00014369
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢14.80

Care 2 Find Out About Before Bridgerton : The World of Georgette Heyer and Her Legacy

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for. All romantic fiction owers a debt to Georgette Hayer, join me in the comfort of your own home to find out about her life, her work and her influences.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 08/05/2024 -
Wed 29/05/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00014598
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Literature: Appreciation - Rebellion, Defiance and Breaking Out

In this course we will be celebrating, criticising and discussing together writings which either portray rebellion and defiance, or which by their very style overturn the rules. From the most modern writers today such as Sarah Moss and Zoe Gilbert through to Shakespeare鈥檚 plays and back in time to legendary figures described by the earliest writers in English, questions arise around rebels, their actions 鈥 and how authors perceive them: what situations drive personal or political acts of rebellion? What is an author鈥檚 intention in presenting disobedience or unrest? How do writers portray to us the act of rebellion or the character of a rebel? Together, we shall be seeking answers.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/05/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Newcastle Quaker Meeting House (Newcastl
West Avenue
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 4ES
Tutor:
Clare Jackson
Course code:
Q00014664
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢75.60

Literature: The Literature of the Harlem Renaissance - An Introduction

The Harlem Renaissance was a flowering of Black American culture running from around the period 1919-1939 in Harlem and other Black communities. Its influence continues today and is global. Whilst all aspects of the arts and intellectual activity flourished during this period, we will focus on its literature and the debates that arose from it. How were Black people to portray themselves after centuries of misrepresentation? What purpose was literature to fulfil for Black communities? How much were the writings of the Harlem Renaissance to be evaluated as a separate movement? How much were they to be integrated with the literature of the dominant White culture? Together, we will be discussing these and other aspects of this fascinating and radical movement.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 22/05/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Clare Jackson
Course code:
Q00014844
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢29.60