Events and Reunions

Event Summary Date Event Type
AOSS - British Detective Fiction – Short Stories

Britain has a distinguished – and distinctive – tradition of crime writing. From its beginnings in Victorian magazines, the genre is today one of the best-selling and most intensely researched literary genres in the country. This course explores the development of this tradition from the nineteenth century, through ‘The Golden Age’ of the 1920s and 30s to the present day, mostly through close analysis of short stories. The focus will be upon both close readings of individual texts and broader cultural and historical interpretations of the genre. Topics to be considered include: the role of the country house and the city; gender and feminism in the detective novel; and the politics and ideology of representing crime. Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Ian Rankin are just some of the best-selling, famous (and brilliant!) authors included on the syllabus.

Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class
AOSS - Exploring the Harry Potter Phenomenon

The publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) in 1997/8 began a process that has changed the face of the publishing industry, particularly in terms of the reputation and marketability of children’s fiction. Yet it is the vast adult readership that has grabbed the public imagination, suggesting that there is more to these stories than the exploits of an orphan trainee wizard.

This five-week course will consider the many different ways in which J K Rowling’s highly successful fantasy has been discussed, and explore contributions from a range of disciplines, including discourses of education, psychology/psychoanalysis, cultural theory and various literary approaches. We will consider the series in terms of its debt to the school story; as a bildungsroman; as a representation and critique of the English class system; as a moralising fairy tale; as ‘crossover’ fiction; and as a commodity in the global marketplace. While online opportunities will make it possible to engage with some of these perspectives together, individual students will be able to pursue their own particular interest in Harry Potter, making use of a wide range of resources in our virtual classroom.

Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class
AOSS - Writing Character-Driven Prose Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class
AOSS - British Theatre History

“the probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible” - Poetics

Using Greek Theatre as a launch pad and looking at how contemporary theatre and theatrical movements have embraced all the components the Greeks put into place, we will explore a broad range of practitioners, playwrights and styles of performance that feed the theatre we listen to, watch and read today.

Exploring examples of Commedia Dell’Arte, Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre, Music Hall, Melodrama, Absurdism, Kitchen Sink and the very British In-Yer-Face, we will navigate a theatrical timeline as well as consider how each is illuminated by its particular cultural, social and political contexts.

Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class
AOSS - The Vikings: Myth and Reality Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class
AOSS - Savage Splendour: Chivalry and Knighthood Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class
AOSS - Shaping the Myths and Legends of Britain and Ireland Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class
AOSS - Jane Austen: Facts and Fictions Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class
AOSS - Film Screenwriting (CANCELED)

This class was canceled because of lack of enrolments

Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class
AOSS - Roman Britain Mon, 2020-06-08 13:26 AOSS Class


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