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September 2018

Home Improvement: Jane Austen and E.M Forster

4 September 2018,10:00 am - 9 October 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

Written 100 years apart, Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and E.M. Forster’s Howards End are both novels about the state of England, uneasy class relations, social conformity and social rebellion. In this course, we will explore the rich social comedy of both texts, their exploration of the English country house as symbol and the authors’ presentations of a range of heroines from the quiet endurance of Austen’s Fanny Price to the bold rebellion of Mary Crawford and Forster’s Helen Schlegel. Date: Tuesdays 4th September…

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The Road to Middlemarch

6 September 2018,10:00 am - 11 October 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

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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The House of Fiction: Henry James and Edith Wharton

7 September 2018,10:00 am - 12 October 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

In The Portrait of a Lady and The House of Mirth, two of America’s greatest novelists, create two of the most enduringly attractive and tragic heroines in modern literature: Isabel Archer and Lily Bart. Both are independent, both are beautiful and both know that they must marry one of their many suitors. Yet there are no happy endings here and the consequences of their decisions test them to breaking point. In this course we will explore the novel’s exploration of female sexuality, the…

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November 2018

Home Improvement: Jane Austen and E.M Forster

1 November 2018,10:00 am - 6 December 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

Written 100 years apart, Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and E.M. Forster’s Howards End are both novels about the state of England, uneasy class relations, social conformity and social rebellion. In this course, we will explore the rich social comedy of both texts, their exploration of the English country house as symbol and the authors’ presentations of a range of heroines from the quiet endurance of Austen’s Fanny Price to the bold rebellion of Mary Crawford and Forster’s Helen Schlegel. Date: Tuesdays 4th September…

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The House of Fiction: Henry James and Edith Wharton

2 November 2018,10:00 am - 7 December 2018,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

In The Portrait of a Lady and The House of Mirth, two of America’s greatest novelists, create two of the most enduringly attractive and tragic heroines in modern literature: Isabel Archer and Lily Bart. Both are independent, both are beautiful and both know that they must marry one of their many suitors. Yet there are no happy endings here and the consequences of their decisions test them to breaking point. In this course we will explore the novel’s exploration of female sexuality, the…

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Wide Sargasso Sea

9 November 2018,1:15 pm - 23 November 2018,3:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£130

Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting masterpiece was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. If you are a fan of Bronte's novel, then this course is an absolute must. If you have never read Jane Eyre, then I am sure you will want to after completing the course!

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January 2019

Uncharted Waters: Virginia Woolf

10 January 2019,10:00 am - 14 February 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

In Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s experiments with narrative technique and multiple perspectives take the novel into uncharted waters, exploring individual consciousness, interweaving lives and unspoken memories and desires in ways that are at once challengingly innovative and refreshingly direct. Yet these are not mere technical experiments: both novels are moving explorations of family relationships and conflicts, of the shattering effects of the First World War and the very nature of artistic creation. This course runs over 6 weeks and…

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Uncharted waters: Virginia Woolf

11 January 2019,10:00 am - 15 February 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£260

In Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s experiments with narrative technique and multiple perspectives take the novel into uncharted waters, exploring individual consciousness, interweaving lives and unspoken memories and desires in ways that are at once challengingly innovative and refreshingly direct. Yet these are not mere technical experiments: both novels are moving explorations of family relationships and conflicts, of the shattering effects of the First World War and the very nature of artistic creation. This course runs over 6 weeks and…

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Uncharted Waters: Virginia Woolf

11 January 2019,1:15 pm - 15 February 2019,3:30 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£260

In Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s experiments with narrative technique and multiple perspectives take the novel into uncharted waters, exploring individual consciousness, interweaving lives and unspoken memories and desires in ways that are at once challengingly innovative and refreshingly direct. Yet these are not mere technical experiments: both novels are moving explorations of family relationships and conflicts, of the shattering effects of the First World War and the very nature of artistic creation. This course runs over 6 weeks and…

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February 2019

Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea

28 February 2019,10:00 am - 28 March 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£240

I first read Jane Eyre as a teenager and was immediately captivated by the rebellious spirit of Jane’s voice and her journey from downtrodden outsider to mistress of all she surveys. Jane got to have it all. Or did she? In this course you will have the opportunity to see the novel as both a liberated portrait of female desire and as a darker engagement with issues of sex, power and race. In the final two weeks of the course we will turn…

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March 2019

Uncharted Waters: Celebrating Virginia Woolf

1 March 2019,10:00 am - 29 March 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£240

In Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s experiments with narrative technique and multiple perspectives take the novel into uncharted waters, exploring individual consciousness, interweaving lives and unspoken memories and desires in ways that are at once challengingly innovative and refreshingly direct. Yet these are not mere technical experiments: both novels are moving explorations of family relationships and conflicts, of the shattering effects of the First World War and the very nature of artistic creation. This course runs over 5 weeks and…

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April 2019

‘Reader, I married him’: Jane Eyre

27 April 2019
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£80

I first read Jane Eyre as a teenager and was immediately captivated by the rebellious spirit of Jane’s voice and her journey from downtrodden outsider to mistress of all she surveys. Jane got to have it all. Or did she? In this one day course you will have the opportunity to see the novel as both a liberated portrait of female desire and as a darker engagement with issues of sex, power and race. Saturday, 27th April 10 am - 3…

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May 2019

North and South

2 May 2019,10:00 am - 23 May 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
£200

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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June 2019

Tender is the Night

6 June 2019,10:00 am - 27 June 2019,12:15 pm
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£200

This course is devoted to Fitzgerald’s novel, Tender is the Night, a disillusioned chronicle of a doomed marriage and a lost generation. If you like your cocktails with a sour twist, this one is for you. This course runs over 4 weeks on Thursdays 10 am - 12.15; bought as a package at £200 (this includes tea and cake in the break and resource material)  

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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

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

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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November 2019

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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