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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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House of Fiction: Henry James and Edith Wharton

7 June 2019,10:00 am - 5 July 2019,12:15 am
The livingroom, Percy Road
London, United Kingdom
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£240

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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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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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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Festive Bite: ‘The Dead’. James Joyce

12 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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