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A Different Slant: Literature in Translation

The art of translation is as old as language itself and today it can introduce readers to literature which is very often quite different in its content, style and its effect on the reader. In this course there are introductions to easily accessible novels in Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German and to poetry from European and Asian... [More]

Reading Novels - The Joys Of Double-dipping

Of the thousands of novels published every year very few, if any, will go on tobecome classics, not many will reach great critical acclaim, buy some few will demand to be read and then re-read. In this course we will look at some of those which make this demand on us and try to find out just why it is that we aredrawn to read them again and again.... [More]

Eating Their Words: The Literature Of Food

When we talk about food, we don't just talk about supplying our bodies with food. Instead, we end up talking about some of our deepest emotions, closest relationships and greatest pleasures-and dislikes. This discussion group uses the literature of food to explore different "flavours" of food writing, and then we'll talk about these contrasting... [More]

Partners in Pre-Eminence

This course will look at couples who made their mark in their time focusing particularly on what they achieved in their years together. The couples whose lives we will cover are: Robert Schumann, German composer, and his wife Clara, pianist; Marie Curie, Polish radio-activity researcher, and her husband Pierre, French physicist; Sidney Webb (Baron... [More]

Men Of Parts: Literature's Greatest Writers

While many writers are gifted in a single genre, few are able to excel in a number of styles. This course will look at five such men: William Shakespeare, dramatist and poet; John Donne, poet and divine; Oscar Wilde, dramatist, poet, story writer and novelist; T.S Eliot, poet and dramatist; and Seamus Heaney, poet prose writer and translator. It... [More]

Regency Novels: The Real and the Imitation

Jane Austen’s 6 novels were all published during the period known as the Regency, when George Prince of Wales (later King George IV) ruled Britain in the place of his father, King George III. The Regency lasted only from 1811 to 1820, but was an era of social change, unrest, elegance and artistry. 200 years later, we still love to read Regency... [More]

This Working Life

Work is essential to our survival, it defines our place in the world and it is intrinsic to our well-being. Each of these texts examines a type of work, what it may mean to the workers and those connected to them and reflects on the work of writing itself. The course consists of a mixture of poetry, novels, music, and films (on CD), with tutor... [More]

Prize Winning Literature

The books of this course offer insights into the best literature from three major English speaking countries, and they allow us to play the role of judge and jury in determining their prize winning qualities. Thus the course will not only examine the qualities of the winning books but it will also see to what extent each fulfils the requirements of... [More]

Loving Writers

Love is one of the great themes in literature. It is not black and white but found in infinite shades as we explore love with a writer’s guiding hand through poetry, fiction, plays and short story. This course will focus on the lives love and work of eight modern writers based on the text by Ann-Marie Priest, Great Writers Great Loves: the... [More]