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After the Second World War - an East Midlands Focus View details

We will be taking a look at the situation in our local area as we emerged from the experiences of the Second World War and the hardships endured because of the continuation of rationing together with the effects of the introduction of the Welfare State and its impact locally. We will also look at how Leicester continued to clear its slum areas and embarked on a controversial "new vision" for the city. We will also be looking at how cultural changes, particularly in youth culture, were reflected in the city. We will look at all this against the background of national and international events in the late forties and early fifties.

Afternoon Yoga for Everybody View details

The course is suitable for all ages, for beginners and those who already practise yoga. The practices will involve a wide range of techniques including body, breath, meditation, study and reflection.

Ageing Thoughtfully View details

We don’t talk much about ageing, except perhaps about wanting to avoid it! During this course we shall look at poems and short prose about ageing, and at some philosophy too. There will be opportunities to write and talk about our own experiences, and to hear about other people’s. Are we really any wiser as we get older? What’s positive about ageing? What about relationships with families and friends? How might considering ageing help to deal with? What does our culture encourage us to see ourselves? What do we assume about ageing? Lots of questions, but we'll be talking, writing and reading our way through the process.

Alfred Hitchcock - Master of Suspense View details

In this 5-week course, we will explore key works by Alfred Hitchcock, tracing his career from his beginnings in the silent era to highly popular spy thrillers from his British period in the 1930s to his work in the States, including highly influential films like Notorious, North By North West, Vertigo and Pyscho. We will look at the influences that shaped his work from German expressionism to surrealism to Soviet montage; his cinematic style, key themes and collaborators.

All Sorts of Creative Writing View details

Taught by a published poet and fiction writer, this course enables new and more seasoned writers to have a go at new skills, and techniques. It also allows them to consider how best to polish and craft work. Looking at how to send work off will be available for those wishing to do so.

Alterartions and Customizing Beginners View details

This course will develop you skills and interest in up-cycling, customising and altering clothes. We will learn lots of different techniques to rejuvenate garments. Bring along old clothes and your imagination!

Alterations & Customizing Further Techniques View details

This course will develop you skills and interest in up-cycling, customising and altering clothes. We will learn lots of different techniques to rejuvenate garments. Bring along old clothes and your imagination!

American Literature View details

Alongside our examination of novels, plays, poetry and short stories, we will explore the changes in the U.S. during this period. To help us with this, we will explore social, cultural and political ideas to inform our reading. We will also discuss art, architecture and the music of the era to underpin our readings. Novels (and extracts of novels) will include: Henry James’ ‘The Europeans’, Kate Chopin’s ‘The Awakening’, ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’, by Zane Grey, ‘The Iron Heel’ by Jack London, ‘Herland’ by Charlotte Perkin’s Gilman ‘Passing’ by Nella Larsen, ‘Red Harvest’ by Dashiell Hammett, and Djuna Barnes’ ‘Nightwood’. We will also analyse and discuss poetry by Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams, short stories by Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald and play extracts from Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ and DuBose Heyward and the Gershwin brothers’ ‘Porgy and Bess’.

American Literature 1878 - 1938 View details

Alongside our examination of novels, plays, poetry and short stories, we will explore the changes in the U.S. during this period. To help us with this, we will explore social, cultural and political ideas to inform our reading. We will also discuss art, architecture and the music of the era to underpin our readings. Novels (and extracts of novels) will include: Henry James’ ‘The Europeans’, Kate Chopin’s ‘The Awakening’, ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’, by Zane Grey, ‘The Iron Heel’ by Jack London, ‘Herland’ by Charlotte Perkin’s Gilman ‘Passing’ by Nella Larsen, ‘Red Harvest’ by Dashiell Hammett, and Djuna Barnes’ ‘Nightwood’. We will also analyse and discuss poetry by Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams, short stories by Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald and play extracts from Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ and DuBose Heyward and the Gershwin brothers’ ‘Porgy and Bess’.

American Short Stories of Resistance View details

American Short Stories of Resistance is a course in which students will become part of a supported and facilitated critical reading group. The group will explore literary responses to modern American culture and be introduced to some lesser known writers. The tutor, Dr Jill Terry, will provide historical and cultural contextual introductions to the stories and will guide students in simple techniques to support detailed critical readings. The stories selected will provide insights into a range of ethnic and regional experiences of America.