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English Literature and Language

English Literature and Language

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D.H. Lawrence the Modernist (Wednesday 2-4PM)

Description

This course will look at a selection of D.H. Lawrence's short stories. We will consider the range of ideas and themes in these works and explore how Lawrence moves from the 'realist' influence in early works such as 'Odour of Chrysanthemums' to more modernist modes of expression in 'Sun' and 'The Man Who Loved Islands'.
Students will be encouraged to discuss and analyse language, genre and style.

Number of Meetings

10

Course Leader

Dr Kate O'Leary 

CRN 25012/ENGL000

Course Fees

Course Fee: Standard Fee: £130 | Concession fee: £65

Click here for information on our fee bands https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education/enrolment-info/

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Full fee£130.00[Read More]
2. Concession fee£65.00[Read More]
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European literature in Translation: Singer, Muller and Ibsen (Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm)

Description

This course examines a range of texts from different countries across Europe. During the classes we explore themes and ideas in the texts but also we consider the historical moment when a text is produced, asking why an author creates a work at a particular point in time.
Through discussion and close reading the course provides students with strong analytical skills enabling them in their literary appreciation.
The texts under consideration are:


Isaac Bashevis Singer: Poland 'The Magician of Lublin' 1960
Herta Muller: Germany 'The Land of Green Plums' 1993
Ibsen: Norway 'An Enemy of the People' 1882.

Number of Meetings

10

Course Leader

Kathleen O'Leary

CRN 25013/ENGL000

Course Fees

Course Fee: Standard Fee: £130| Concession: £65

Click here for information on our fee bands https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education/enrolment-info/

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Full fee£130.00[Read More]
2. Concession fee£65.00[Read More]
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Ivan Turgenev’s Early Work: 'Sketches' and 'A Month in the Country' (Wednesday 7PM-9PM)

Description

We shall discuss two of Ivan Turgenev’s early works. 'Sketches from a Hunter’s Album' (Penguin Classics) – also known as 'A Sportman’s Sketches' - is a prose work in which Turgenev explores nature and the lives of the rural population in Russia, especially the plight of the peasantry. His best-known play 'A Month in the Country' (available in various editions) set on a Russian estate in the 1840s is an important precursor of Chekhov’s dramatic works.

Number of Meetings

10

Course Leader

Andy Jurgis

CRN 25002/ENGL000

Course Fees

Course Fee: Standard Fee: £130| Concession: £65

Click here for information on our fee bands https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education/enrolment-info/

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Full fee£130.00[Read More]
2. Concession fee£65.00[Read More]
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Monthly Novel: Doctors (Friday 11:30AM-2PM)

Description

In this course, we shall explore ideas of mind, body and morality. In 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' (1886), Robert Louis Stevenson uncovers what lies behind the civilised human façade; in Ian McEwan’s 'Saturday' (2005), a neurosurgeon’s encounter with life-threatening violence is in no way diminished by clinical understanding; and in Yaa Gyasi’s 'Transcendent Kingdom' (2020), a Ph.D. student conducts experiments which have profound personal implications.

Number of Meetings

3 (every 4 weeks)

Course Leader

Shirley Jones

CRN 25000/ENGL000

Course Fees

Course Fee: Standard Fee: £49| Concession: £25

Click here for information on our fee bands https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education/enrolment-info/

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Full fee£49.00[Read More]
2. Concession fee£25.00[Read More]
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Recent Prose Works by Contemporary Poets Gillian Clarke and Kathleen Jamie (Tuesday 7PM-9PM)

Description

We shall discuss recent prose works by two outstanding contemporary writers who each embrace fascinating approaches to nature and the environment. Gillian Clarke was National Poet of Wales, 2008-16: her prose work we shall discuss is the superb 'Roots Home: Essays and a Journal' (Carcanet, 2021). Kathleen Jamie, also a revered poet, has developed as an exciting prose writer including on travel and memory in her latest book 'Surfacing' (Sort of Books, 2019).

Number of Meetings

10

Course Leader

Andy Jurgis

CRN 25001/ENGL000

Course Fees

Course Fee: Standard Fee: £130| Concession: £65

Click here for information on our fee bands https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education/enrolment-info/

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Full fee£130.00[Read More]
2. Concession fee£65.00[Read More]
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Scott Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age (Thursday 2-4PM)

Description

This course will consider three works of Fitzgerald: 'The Great Gatsby', 'Tender is the Night' and 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'. In addition to these, we will explore the impact of the cultural, social and political shifts in America in the 1920s and 1930s and how ideas were shaped by such changes.
Through discussion and close reading the course provides students with strong analytical skills enabling them in their literary appreciation and also in their awareness of the historical moment in which a text is produced.

Number of Meetings

10

Course Leader

Kathleen O'Leary

CRN 25014/ENGL000

Course Fees

Course Fee: Standard Fee: £130| Concession: £65

Click here for information on our fee bands https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education/enrolment-info/

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Full fee£130.00[Read More]
2. Concession fee£65.00[Read More]
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Shakespeare on the Couch: 'The Taming of the Shrew' (Saturday 10AM-1PM)

Description

One of Shakespeare’s earlier plays, 'The Taming of the Shrew' has become one of the hottest potatoes in Shakespeare’s oeuvre – and never more so than in recent years. In this session we shall look into love and marriage and the dynamics of relationships in Shakespeare’s time and today.

Number of Meetings

1

Course Leader

Dr Kate O'Leary and Mr David Rice

CRN 25011/ENGL000

Course Fees

Course Fee: Standard Fee: £25

Click here for information on our fee bands https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education/enrolment-info/

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Full fee£25.00[Read More]
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Reading Dickens: 'Our Mutual Friend' - Thursday (11AM - 1PM)

Description

'Our Mutual Friend' (1865) was the last novel that Dickens completed. It’s a dark and complex tale, plumbing the depths of the Victorian London psyche; both mystery and satire, exploring themes of greed, deception and obsession. There’s a typical mix of eccentric, endearing and unsettling characters presented in a rich symbolic landscape. We shall analyse the novel in detail in 5 fortnightly seminars.

Number of Meetings

5

Course Leader

Shirley Jones

CRN 24999/ENGL000

Course Fees

Course Fee: Standard Fee: £65| Concession: £33

Click here for information on our fee bands https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education/enrolment-info/

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Full fee£65.00[Read More]
2. Concession fee£33.00[Read More]
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21st Century Women Writers - More American Writers (Tuesday 10:30AM - 12:30PM)

Description

This course continues our exploration of contemporary writing in America today (newcomers welcome though; you don't have to have taken the first American Writers course to enjoy this one). The novels to be discussed address themes of family, heritage, history and social change. Yaa Gyasi’s 'Homegoing' confronts slavery, colonialism and its legacy by tracing a path of characters through more than 2 centuries starting from the Gold Coast of Africa. In 'The Vanishing Half' Brit Bennett tackles conflicts of identity in the lives of light skinned black sisters who can ‘pass’ for white in mid 20th-century America. In 'The Cutting Season', Attica Locke constructs a crime drama set in a former slave plantation. Ottessa Moshfegh’s 'Eileen' and Elizabeth Strout’s 'My Name is Lucy Barton' tell distinctive tales of daughters reflecting on a troubled past. Patricia Lockwood's 'No One is Talking About This' is absolutely of the moment in her presentation of a life online and off.

Number of Meetings

10

Course Leader

Shirley Jones

CRN 25008/ENGL000

Course Fees

Course Fee: Standard Fee: £130| Concession: £65

Click here for information on our fee bands https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/continuing-education/enrolment-info/

Attendee CategoryCost   
1. Full fee£130.00[Read More]
2. Concession Fee£65.00[Read More]