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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

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

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£255

The Grass is Singing

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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 […]

£105

Festive Bite: ‘The Dead’, James Joyce

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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, […]

£55

Festive Bite: ‘The Dead’, James Joyce

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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, […]

£55

Festive Bite: ‘The Dead’. James Joyce

The livingroom Percy Road, London

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, […]

£55

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