Steve Dace's Monday class will read one of the classics of horror fiction, Dracula by Bram Stoker. Friend of literary greats such as Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman; brilliant manager of Sir Henry Irving and the Lyceum Theatre; a sickly child who became one of Ireland’s best sportsmen ~ Bram Stoker’s life and character would make a fascinating study in itself.
Dracula was published in 1897 and Steve Dace’s class will be studying this great novel in the context of Stoker’s life and times.
If your experience of Stoker’s creation has been through any of the multitude of film, TV or theatre adaptations rather than a reading of the original novel, you are in for not only a surprise but also a real treat. Stoker was a superb story-teller and his use of journals, diaries, letters and telegrams in multiple narratives is a masterpiece of late Victorian fiction. But Dracula is more than a terrific page-turner - it plunges its readers into some of the deepest concerns of the age such as Christian faith, science and the modern world, the occult and female sexuality.
It would help if everyone had the Penguin Classics edition of Dracula.
TUESDAYS OR WEDNESDAYS
Susan Hamlyn's Tuesday and Wednesday classes will dip into the shocking, fascinating and deeply moving world of slavery. By 1770, the slave trade and slavery were essential to the British economy and way of life. But over the next twenty years, increasingly, dissenting voices were raised and this period marks the beginning of an immense exercise in soul-searching and growing national debate. This term, we will read and discuss a great range of writing from this period on this subject - everything from the hymns of John (Amazing Grace) Newton to a bizarre play called Inkle and Yarico to another, improbably called The Benevolent Planters. Copies will be provided and a supplement to the term's fee will be charged.
Term starts the week beginning Monday January 16th. Half term is in the week starting Monday February 20th. Term ends the week of Monday 27th March.
For more information or to book a place contact Jane Mason: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8567 0011.