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September 2019

‘Why can’t we be friends?’ Passage to India and The Grass is Singing

5 September 2019,10:00 am - 3 October 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255 Sold out

In this course, we examine two great twentieth century novels that explore the everyday realities of life in the British Empire. Forster's novel is set in the 1920s Indian Raj and Lessing's traces the lives and shifting relationships of a Rhodesian farming community over decades. In both, racial conflict is never far from the surface, and explodes into violence and recrimination, yet relationships develop across racial divides. Characters are locked in a relationship with a natural environment that can be…

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‘Why can’t we be friends?’ Passage to India and The Grass is Singing

6 September 2019,10:00 am - 4 October 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255 Sold out

In this course, we examine two great twentieth century novels that explore the everyday realities of life in the British Empire. E. M Forster’s novel is set in the 1920s Indian Raj and Doris Lessing’s traces the lives and shifting relationships of a Rhodesian farming community over decades. In both, racial conflict is never far from the surface, and explodes into violence and recrimination, yet relationships develop across racial divides. Characters are locked in a relationship with a natural environment…

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‘Why can’t we be friends?’: Passage to India and The Grass is Singing

10 September 2019,10:00 am - 8 October 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255 Sold out

In this course, we examine two great twentieth century novels that explore the everyday realities of life in the British Empire. E. M Forster's novel is set in the 1920s Indian Raj and Doris Lessing's traces the lives and shifting relationships of a Rhodesian farming community over decades. In both, racial conflict is never far from the surface, and explodes into violence and recrimination, yet relationships develop across racial divides. Characters are locked in a relationship with a natural environment…

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“Why can’t we be fiends?” Passage to India

14 September 2019,10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£155 Sold out

Forster’s novel is set in the 1920s Indian Raj and explores the everyday realities of life in the British Empire. Racial conflict is never far from the surface, and explodes into violence and recrimination, yet relationships develop across racial divides. Characters are locked in a relationship with a natural environment that can be hostile and is still home, and with the changing tides of political history. Forster's novel is in my humble opinion, one of  the richest and subversive ‘Empire’…

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October 2019

The American Novel: Lolita and American Pastoral

29 October 2019,10:00 am - 26 November 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255 3 tickets left

In this course we will discuss two of the great works of post-war American fiction. Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is a novel that continues to scandalise and fascinate and Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is similarly uncompromising is its exploration of relations between the generations against the backdrop of political radicalism, race riots and the Vietnam War. Both texts explore the dark side of the USA at the apogee of its political and economic power and experiment boldly with narrative technique and structure without ever losing their narrative punch.…

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The American Novel: Lolita and American Pastoral

31 October 2019,10:00 am - 28 November 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255 Sold out

In this course we will discuss two of the great works of post-war American fiction. Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is a novel that continues to scandalise and fascinate and Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is similarly uncompromising is its exploration of relations between the generations against the backdrop of political radicalism, race riots and the Vietnam War. Both texts explore the dark side of the USA at the apogee of its political and economic power and experiment boldly with narrative technique and structure without ever losing their narrative punch.…

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November 2019

‘Why can’t we be friends? Passage to India and The Grass is Singing

1 November 2019,10:00 am - 29 November 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255 Sold out

In this course, we examine two great twentieth century novels that explore the everyday realities of life in the British Empire. E. M Forster’s novel is set in the 1920s Indian Raj and Doris Lessing’s traces the lives and shifting relationships of a Rhodesian farming community over decades. In both, racial conflict is never far from the surface, and explodes into violence and recrimination, yet relationships develop across racial divides. Characters are locked in a relationship with a natural environment…

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The Grass is Singing

2 November 2019,10:30 am - 9 November 2019,12:00 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£105 4 tickets left

Set in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during the 1940s under white rule, Doris Lessing’s first novel, The Grass is Singing is at once a gripping chronicle of human disintegration, a beautifully understated social and political critique and a devastating  depiction of the quiet horror of a woman's struggle against a merciless fate. This course runs over two consecutive Saturday mornings (10.30 am - 12.30), and costs £105 (this includes resources, refreshments in the break)    

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December 2019

Festive Bite: ‘The Dead’, James Joyce

6 December 2019,10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£55 Sold out

Widely considered one of the most significant short story collections of the 20th century, 'Dubliners' is a rich tapestry of life and death in Dublin of the early 1900s. In this one-off session, we will focus on the last tale in the collection, ‘The Dead’. Set at, or just before the feast of the Epiphany, this is the story of a man's epiphany about his relation to the world  and, despite its rather morbid title, exudes a warmth and lyricism…

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Festive Bite: ‘The Dead’, James Joyce

10 December 2019,10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£55 2 tickets left

Widely considered one of the most significant short story collections of the 20th century, ‘Dubliners’ is a rich  tapestry of life and death in Dublin of the early 1900s. In this one-off session, we will focus on the last tale in the collection, ‘The Dead’. Set at, or just before the feast of the Epiphany, this is the story of a man’s epiphany about his relation to the world and, despite its rather morbid title, exudes a warmth and lyricism…

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January 2020

The American Novel: Lolita and American Pastoral

10 January 2020,10:00 am - 7 February 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£255 Sold out

In this course we will discuss two of the great works of post-war American fiction. Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is a novel that continues to scandalise and fascinate and Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is similarly uncompromising is its exploration of relations between the generations against the backdrop of political radicalism, race riots and the Vietnam War. Both texts explore the dark side of the USA at the apogee of its political and economic power and experiment boldly with narrative technique and structure without ever losing their narrative punch.…

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