Literature Class

Our Literature Courses offer a variety of informal literary-themed classes for anyone looking for a place to meet with fellow enthusiasts and discuss different texts.

Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings from 10.00am – 12.00pm and focus on a different topic each term. Groups are open to all over-18s and new participants are always welcome.

Monday class

8 January to 19 March 2018
10 am – 12 pm
Tutor: Steve Dace
Please note no classes run during half-term week, 12 to 16 February 2018.

Overview

Steve's Monday classes this term is called Willa Who? Willa Cather is probably the greatest American writer you’ve never heard of. However, in the US she is celebrated as one of the most important twentieth century novelists and critics see her as the peer of Hemingway, Faulkner and Wharton.

Born in Virginia in 1873, Cather settled in Webster County, Nebraska, in 1883. Her depictions of the Nebraska prairie and farming communities were important milestones in American literature. Cather was author of 12 novels and 6 collections of short fiction, and it is the latter that Steve Dace’s Monday class will be studying.

We will use Willa Cather: Collected Stories, published by Vintage. It is available from Amazon for £12.85 new and for less than £5 second-hand, and also available on Kindle.

Tuesday and Wednesday class

9 & 10 January to 20 & 21 March 2018
10 am – 12 pm
Tutor: Susan Hamlyn
Please note no classes run during half-term week, 12 to 16 February 2018.


Overview

Susan's Tuesday and Wednesday classes will read Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (in an abridged version). It's a dark tale of love and betrayal on several levels and Chaucer's version of the story is full of his characteristic insight, humour and wisdom. Chaucer is entirely approachable as class participants have found on the occasions we have enjoyed several of The Canterbury Tales in the past. Copies will be provided at a £2.00 charge.

Participants can attend on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays for the duration of the course.

Course fees

Each course is £80 for members, £95 for non-members. Reading materials for each course are provided for a small additional fee.

Booking

Courses are open to all – new participants are most welcome.

Priority booking is available for current course members before 8 December 2017. General public booking opens on 11 December 2018.

For booking contact Jane Mason: jane@questors.org.uk or 0208 567 0011.


Additional information

For more information about the courses please contact Susan Hamlyn: 1suehamlyn@gmail.com

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