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June 2020

Summer fun with Dracula

2 June 2020,1:30 pm - 16 June 2020,3:30 pm
£210 Sold out

Ever since it was published in the late nineteenth century, Dracula has gripped the public imagination. Whilst most of us become acquainted with the fictional creation through the countless film and TV adaptations, on this course you will read the original novel by Bram Stoker and learn about the fascinating cultural context from which it emerged. So, up for discussion will be explore the use Stoker makes of late nineteenth-century attitudes to science and disease (think about the centrality of…

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All Roads Lead to Middlemarch

5 June 2020,10:00 am - 3 July 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£299 Sold out

This course is entirely dedicated to one of the greatest literary works of the nineteenth-century and my own personal favourite: George Eliot’s Middlemarch. Written in 1871, the novel deals with such important contemporary issues as political change, education for women, identity, marriage and the changing social structure. It is still deeply meaningful today and this is partly why it has stood the test of time: it is, amongst other things, a series of love stories, an exploration of life in the…

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Blood Meridian

11 June 2020,10:00 am - 2 July 2020,12:30 pm
£260 Sold out

According to The New Yorker, reading Blood Meridian (Corman McCarthy) is like receiving  'a slap in the face, an affront that asks us to endure a vision of the Old West full of charred skulls and blood-soaked scalps'. I agree. So why inflict Blood Meridian on you? We are all guilty of reading books that fall neatly within the parameters of carefully constructed comfort zones. For me, reading McCarthy's novel was not an easy  experience: I was at times shocked,…

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