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London lowlife In Fiction - 1889-1907

We will explore the themes of poverty, politics, gender and ethnicity in London at the end of the 19th century/start of the 20th century through the eyes of writers of fiction, but also through the testimony of their non-fiction contemporaries - social investigators, government officials, journalists and philanthropists.

24 April 2024 – 29 May 2024
Wednesday, 18:30 to 20:30
Course Code:476
£76 / £27
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Contemporary African Literature

This course will introduce you to the rich, diverse contemporary African literary scene. We will study in detail three novels by African writers that have been published in the last ten years, alongside essays and short stories by African writers and thinkers across the continent. As we read the novels, we will look both at literary form and at the big ideas that the texts explore, such as history, gender and sexuality, the postcolonial context, diaspora, family and childhood. We will also learn about the context for publishing contemporary African literature, and we will think together about approaches to reading African writing.

06 June 2024 – 11 July 2024
Thursday, 18:30 to 20:30
Course Code:477
£76 / £27
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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