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The American Novel: American Pastoral and Lolita

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£255

The American Novel: Lolita and American Pastoral

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£255

American Pastoral: Philip Roth

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£155

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

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

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

America in Crisis: Lolita

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£105

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

Housekeeping with Marilynne Robinson

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£240

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