This five-week literature course will equip you with all the skills leading to a deeper engagement with, and understanding of, the written word.
There will not be desks. No strip lighting. No white or black boards.
There will be like-minded folk. A circle of higgledy-piggledy chairs. Many pot-plants and independently designed bits and bobs.
And there will be wine.
In this course
Do you love literature, but cannot articulate why? What is it about the craft of a particular passage that struck you as beautiful; made you uncomfortable; left its invisible, indelible mark?
To truly understand the art of an author's writing, there is an art to reading.
The reading throughout the five weeks will concentrate on literary representations of London. Every week you will receive digital copies of the reading and a digital audio mini-lecture (playable on your phone/ computer/ tablet), so that everyone is on the same page.
What will I learn?
"What is the 'real' London? Is there even such a thing? Or is the city as much a product of the imagination as it is bricks and mortar?"
You will learn to penetrate beneath surface discussions of character and plot. Get to grips with reading a text's aesthetics, and interrogating issues of class, politics, race, gender, and London itself.
Here is what you can expect week by week:
Grim and dim London
Victorians, poverty, smog and grime, crime, anonymity
Technology, noise, impressionism, abstraction, 'making it new'
An 'other's' London
Race, immigration, identity, 'otherness', east London
Anarchy, nationalism, punk, apathy, protest
Reading a Zadie Smith's N-W, a London novel of today
All course texts and digital copies are included in the price of the course - oh and there will be wine, lots of it!