Literature and Drama

Our courses include studies of both classic and contemporary fiction, poetry and drama. Over the past year we have studied Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and had an introduction to Greek Tragedy and another to Irish Drama, through the plays of Brian Friel.

Our popular poetry courses have ranged from an investigation into poems in Old English, an introduction to Shakespeare’s Sonnets and a study of Milton’s Paradise Lost, to a look at John Keats in 1819, and the poems of Philip Larkin and Charles Causley. In fiction we have studied works by Charles Dickens, E. M. Forster and George Eliot, through to J G Farrell, Bernard MacLaverty, Anne Enright, and Colm Tóibín. 

On 4 May, Maria Chester will give the first of four talks on the Latin American Literary Boom, introducing us to the lives and works of four authors, Julio Cortazar, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargos Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.