Literature and Drama

Our courses include studies of both classic and contemporary fiction, poetry and drama. In recent years 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. 

Due to Covid we have not had the usual number of literature courses recently, however we are looking forward to a classroom-based Study Day to be given by Maria Chester on Saturday 21st May in the William Elder Building, in which Maria will look at the life and times of the Bloomsbury Group, including a session devoted to Virginia Woolf.