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September 2019

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: American Pastoral and Lolita

9 January 2020,10:00 am - 6 February 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£255

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

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

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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February 2020

American Pastoral: Philip Roth

22 February 2020,10:30 am - 7 March 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£155

In this course we will discuss one of the great works of post-war American fiction, Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. Uncompromising in its exploration of relations between the generations,  American Pastoral exposes the dark side of the USA at the apogee of its political and economic power. Set against the backdrop of political radicalism, race riots and the Vietnam War, Roth takes us kicking and screaming through a riot of domestic crises - we want it to end, and we don't, we…

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The Waste Land

25 February 2020,10:00 am - 10 March 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£180

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 in its historical and literary moment, and explore its themes, form and complex allusions. If you are keen to understand and appreciate ‘The Waste Land’…

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The Waste Land

27 February 2020,10:00 am - 12 March 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£180

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 in its historical and literary moment, and explore its themes, form and complex allusions. If you are keen to understand and appreciate ‘The Waste Land’…

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The Waste Land

28 February 2020,10:00 am - 13 March 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£180

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 in its historical and literary moment, and explore its themes, form and complex allusions. If you are keen to understand and appreciate ‘The Waste Land’…

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March 2020

America in Crisis: Lolita

14 March 2020,10:30 am - 21 March 2020,12:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£105

In February, 1954, Vladimir Nabokov wrote to publisher, James Laughlin, “Would you be interested in publishing a timebomb that I have just finished putting together? It is a novel of 459 typewritten pages.” The novel was “Lolita,” the tale of a pedophile’s exploitation of a twelve-year-old girl. It took Nabokov five years to get his 'timebomb' published and since then it has become a totem of American literature. The subject matter is shocking but the prose is sublime. How can…

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April 2020

All Roads Lead to Middlemarch

21 April 2020,10:00 am - 19 May 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£299

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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Housekeeping with Marilynne Robinson

23 April 2020,10:00 am - 14 May 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£240

The small town in which Housekeeping is set is a remote outpost in Idaho, America's Midwest. Sylvie, the principal character, is an  'oddball', uncomfortable with settling in one place and afraid to take her coat lest somebody ask her to stay. But stay she does as she tries to fulfil her duty as guardian to her two abandoned nieces. In this course we will explore Robinson's presentation of a lived alone and the social forces that shape identity making us…

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The Waste Land

24 April 2020,10:00 am - 15 May 2020,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£180

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 in its historical and literary moment, and explore its themes, form and complex allusions. If you are keen to understand and appreciate ‘The Waste Land’…

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May 2020

North and South

2 May 2020,10:30 am - 23 May 2020,12:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£180

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 local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man John…

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