Literature

Autumn

WB Yeats

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2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats, the Anglo-Irish poet whose ‘majestic shade’ has cast an enormous influence over all subsequent poetry and indeed literature at large. This course aims to uncover the achievements of one of the major figures of the twentieth century, from Crossways (1889) to Last Poems (1939), asking questions about the relationship of literature to politics, nation, and identity.

Karl O’Hanlon BA MA

  • Day: Monday
  • Start Date: 05 October 2015
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £70.00

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A Brief History of Scottish Literature

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Scottish literature has a rich and varied tradition. Over ten weeks this course will introduce students to a diverse range of Scottish writing from its earliest forms through to more contemporary examples including Robert Burns, James Hogg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Alasdair Gray, Carol Ann Duffy and Ali Smith.

John McKay PhD

  • Day: Wednesday
  • Start Date: 07 October 2015
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £70.00

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Nineteenth Century American Literature: Emerging Voices of America

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Ever wanted to ‘tackle’ some of the classics of American literature? Through selected novels, short stories and poetry we will consider key aspects of nineteenth century American experience such as slavery, war, violence, and westward expansion. The course will include the emerging voices of women, African Americans and Native Americans to open up the rich and diverse ‘beginnings’ of American literature. All you need is a love of reading and a willingness to discuss your ideas. A reading list will be made available in advance.

Sharon Holm PhD

  • Day: Thursday
  • Start Date: 08 October 2015
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £70.00

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A Day with Christina Rossetti

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Christina Rossetti is best known as a poet of children’s or devotional verses but she also wrote other thought provoking, adult verse, much of which may be overshadowed by her pre-Raphaelite siblings and their bohemian lives. This course will aim to uncover Rossetti as a unique Victorian voice, one that was as immersed in the romantic traditions of her brother Dante Gabriel as it was in religious devotion. We will look not only at her own writings but at those of the artists in the circle in which she grew up and consider the influence each had on the other. No previous knowledge required.

Helen Bullock BA MA

  • Day: Saturday
  • Start Date: 07 November 2015
  • Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
  • No. of weeks: 1
  • Full fee: £35.00

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Spring

Reading Short Stories

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The short story as a literary form was at its most popular during the mid-twentieth century. This course seeks to re-evaluate the short story as a genre by tracing it from its earliest roots through to contemporary examples including stories by Anton Chekhov, Katherine Mansfield, Franz Kafka, F Scott Fitzgerald, Eudora Welty, Ali Smith and Anne Donovan.

John McKay PhD

  • Day: Monday
  • Start Date: 18 January 2016
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 8
  • Full fee: £55.00

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Tangled Lives: An Introduction to the Bloomsbury Group

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The Bloomsbury Group is celebrated as being one of the most influential artistic circles of the twentieth century. Its members are also notorious for their embroiled affairs and controversial, nonconformist lifestyles. In this course, we will study the literature and art of its core members, such as Virginia Woolf, EM Forster and Vanessa Bell, whose work was to embody Bloomsbury’s rebellious views on politics, philosophy and sexuality, paving the way for a modern, liberal age.

Emma Butcher BA MA

  • Day: Tuesday
  • Start Date: 19 January 2016
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 8
  • Full fee: £55.00

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How to Read a Poem

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More like reading music than prose, poetry requires more than just recognising words on the page - a sense of pace and expectancy enlivens the verse. This course will look at a variety of poems, ancient and modern, written in different styles for different audiences and with different voices. We will endeavour to read them effectively for both purpose and pleasure and discuss why they touch our heads, hearts and remain in the public consciousness. We will also consider the act of reading itself, both silently and aloud, and what the experience adds to the understanding and reception of a particular poem. No previous experience required.

Helen Bullock BA MA

  • Day: Thursday
  • Start Date: 21 January 2016
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 8
  • Full fee: £55.00

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Not Just the Booker Prize: Contemporary Literature in 2015

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The Booker Prize is the most acclaimed literary award in the UK. But does the winner represent the best fiction title of the year? We will read, discuss and judge for ourselves the winners of six literary prizes and one of the bestselling fiction titles of 2015 in an attempt to answer this question. The only necessary qualification is a willingness to read and discuss the seven novels. Details of the set novels will be made available from October 2015 onwards.

Rob O’Connor BA MA CTLLS

  • Day: Thursday
  • Start Date: 21 January 2016
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 8
  • Full fee: £55.00

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Introduction to the Icelandic Sagas

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An extraordinary blend of fact, myth and fiction, peopled with heroes, outlaws, lovers and the occasional troll, the sagas contain some of the richest vernacular writing of the Middle Ages. In this course, we will focus on a single saga - The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-Tongue - to explore the context in which the texts were composed, their unique prose style, their importance for Scandinavian and English identity, and their relationships with folklore and contemporary European literature. No prior knowledge is required.

Katrina Attwood BA MA PhD PGCE MSc

  • Day: Saturday
  • Start Date: 05 March 2016
  • Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
  • No. of weeks: 1
  • Full fee: £35.00

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Summer

America through Contemporary Short Fiction

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This course will explore ideas of America through short stories and selected short novels of the last thirty years. We will consider contemporary themes and the rich diversity of experience, cultures and language offered by authors whose writing contests, expands and renews American literary traditions and popular expectations. Themes discussed will include collective memory, historical trauma, identity/identities, ‘race’, 9/11, consumerism, humour and what it means to be American from a twenty-first century global perspective. A reading list will be made available in advance.

Sharon Holm PhD

  • Term: Summer
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Start Date: 19 April 2016
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £70.00

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Lives Throughout History: Life-Writing from the Greeks to the Present Day

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Life-writing, one of the earliest genres of literature, is still very popular today. From the lives of Trojan heroes and Christian saints to modern day celebrities, this course will explore the most famous examples of life writing and some more recent auto/biographies, giving students a better understanding of the genre and how ‘writing lives’ has changed over the centuries. From Plutarch and Samuel Pepys to biographical fiction, this course covers a diverse mix of autobiographical and biographical styles over two thousand years.

Emily Bowles BA MA

  • Day: Wednesday
  • Start Date: 20 April 2016
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £70.00

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The Dark Victorians

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While much of Victorian fiction and art deals with the sentimental and domestic, there is a dark undercurrent running through some of its most famous works. Stevenson, Stoker, Le Fanu and James wrote chilling gothic tales of disembodiment, distortion and horror that reveal the dark heart of Victorian cities where certainties were crumbling, crime was rising and the most sensational story of all wasn’t fiction but fact, and played out in the newspaper reports of Jack the Ripper and his imitators. This course will look at key examples of nineteenth century horror in the context of Victorian urban life and the fears of both the individual and the masses at the turn of the century. No previous knowledge required.

Helen Bullock BA MA

  • Day: Thursday
  • Start Date: 21 April 2016
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £70.00

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The Literature and Culture of Modernism

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We will study some of the central texts, movements and ideas which shaped Modernism. This varied movement will be broken down to provide students with an understanding of what Modernism is, who were some of its main proponents, and the formal experimentation for which it has become famous. We will consider the idea that Modernism came about as a reaction to Victorian realism and conservatism, and ask to what extent Modernism demonstrates a reaction to political and literary orthodoxy.

Ellen Ricketts BA MA

  • Day: Thursday
  • Start Date: 21 April 2016
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £70.00

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A Day with Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Poetical, political, promiscuous… Shelley was the ideal Romantic hero, sealing his position with an early and tragic death. We will look at Shelley’s poetry in depth but also the context of revolution and reform in which he wrote, his tempestuous personal relationships with his family and with other great poets of the age, notably Byron. Shelley and his circle are the stuff of wild Romantic legend but we will also try and hear Shelley’s true poetic voice above the sensational life story.

Helen Bullock BA MA

  • Day: Saturday
  • Start Date: 11 June 2016
  • Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
  • No. of weeks: 1
  • Full fee: £35.00

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Term dates

  • Autumn Term
    28 September 2015 - 11 December 2015
  • Spring Term
    11 January 2016 - 25 March 2016
  • Summer Term
    18 April 2016 - 1 July 2016

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