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The Waste Land

The livingroom Percy Road, London

T S Eliot’s, ‘The Waste Land’, published in 1922, is the most famous poem of the twentieth century and widely considered to be the great, but difficult masterpiece of modernist poetry. This short course aims to cut through some of those difficulties. We shall examine the poem closely and, as we do so, situate it […]

£180

North and South

The livingroom Percy Road, London

When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the North of England. Initially repulsed by the griminess of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of […]

£180

Summer fun with Dracula

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 […]

£210

All Roads Lead to Middlemarch

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£299

Blood Meridian

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 […]

£260

Art and the senses: The Picture of Dorian Gray & Perfume

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘O for a life of sensations rather than thoughts,' exclaimed John Keats in 1817. This course is dedicated to exploring ways in which writers present sensory pleasure. Concentrating chiefly - though not exclusively* - on the work of Oscar Wilde (Picture of Dorian Gray) and Patrick Suskind (Perfume), we will examine how art and the […]

£325

Art and the senses: The Picture of Dorian Gray & Perfume

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘O for a life of sensations rather than thoughts,' exclaimed John Keats in 1817. This course is dedicated to exploring ways in which writers present sensory pleasure. Concentrating chiefly - though not exclusively* - on the work of Oscar Wilde (Picture of Dorian Gray) and Patrick Suskind (Perfume), we will examine how art and the […]

£325

Fin de siecle Angst: Dracula and Heart of Darkness

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in two of the […]

£325

Art and the senses: The Picture of Dorian Gray & Perfume

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘O for a life of sensations rather than thoughts,' exclaimed John Keats in 1817. This course is dedicated to exploring ways in which writers present sensory pleasure. Concentrating chiefly - though not exclusively* - on the work of Oscar Wilde (Picture of Dorian Gray) and Patrick Suskind (Perfume), we will examine how art and the […]

£325

Fin de siecle Angst (Part i): Dracula

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in one of the […]

£195

Heart of Darkness

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in one of the […]

£130

Art and the senses: The Picture of Dorian Gray and Perfume

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘O for a life of sensations rather than thoughts,' exclaimed John Keats in 1817. This course is dedicated to exploring ways in which writers present sensory pleasure. Concentrating chiefly - though not exclusively* - on the work of Oscar Wilde (Picture of Dorian Gray) and Patrick Suskind (Perfume), we will examine how art and the […]

£325

Fin de siecle Angst: Dracula and Heart of Darkness

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in two of the […]

£325

Fin de siecle Angst (Part ii): Heart of Darkness

The livingroom Percy Road, London

The nineteenth-century fin de siècle proved a catalyst for a series of anxieties that emerged during the Victorian period. Loss of religious faith, rise of the occult, fears about the effects of an expanding metropolis and a declining Empire, apocalyptic predictions for the future and concern about technological advances all found expression in one of the […]

£130

Christmas Bite: Ethan Frome

The livingroom Percy Road, London

'A sad tale is best for winter', says Mamillius, Hermione's son in The Winter's Tale, and Wharton's short novel, Ethan Frome is certainly a good test case of his thesis. Set in the austere winter countryside of New England, the novel centres around the forbidden love of Ethan and his wife's cousin, the beautiful Mattie […]

£68

Christmas Bite: Ethan Frome

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘A sad tale is best for winter’, says Mamillius, Hermione's son in The Winter’s Tale, and Wharton’s short novel, Ethan Frome is certainly a good test case of his thesis. Set in the austere winter countryside of New England, the novel centres around the forbidden love of Ethan and his wife’s cousin, the beautiful Mattie Silver […]

£68

Christmas Bite: Ethan Frome

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘A sad tale is best for winter’, says Mamillius, Hermione's son in The Winter’s Tale, and Wharton’s short novel, Ethan Frome is certainly a good test case of his thesis. Set in the austere winter countryside of New England, the novel centres around the forbidden love of Ethan and his wife’s cousin, the beautiful Mattie Silver […]

£68

Christmas Bite: Ethan Frome

The livingroom Percy Road, London

‘A sad tale is best for winter’, says Mamillius, Hermione's son in The Winter’s Tale, and Wharton’s short novel, Ethan Frome is certainly a good test case of his thesis. Set in the austere winter countryside of New England, the novel centres around the forbidden love of Ethan and his wife’s cousin, the beautiful Mattie Silver […]

£68

Fitzgerald and the ‘roaring 20s’

The livingroom Percy Road, London

F. Scott Fitzgerald didn’t just write about the glamour, excess and hangover of the ‘roaring 20s’; he lived them too. His works chart the stunning rise and dizzying fall of the rich, beautiful and damned in a changing world of jazz, Prohibition, cars, car crashes, boom, bust and a gathering storm in Europe. This course […]

£325

The Brontes and the Road Less Travelled

Villette (Charlotte Bronte) and Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Bronte) Both texts have long been unfavourably compared with the more celebrated Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights despite sharing many of their subversive qualities: Anne’s ‘tenant’ is a single mother living in hiding from her depraved alcoholic husband whilst Charlotte’s Villette is an uncompromising depiction of the effects of repressed […]

£325