Aspects of English Literature & Culture

November 2018 - May 2019

This unique course gives you the opportunity to activate, to further improve and enrich your knowledge and command of English language and culture. To benefit fully from this discussion-based course, your current level of English should be equivalent to approximately that of the Cambridge CAE exam. If you are unsure of your present level, use the free grading service the Cambridge Institut provides.

The theme of the new course is

LONDON NOVELS AND NOVELISTS

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'A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping,

Dirty and dusty, but as wide as eye

Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping

In sight, then lost amidst the forestry

Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping

On tiptoe through their seal-coal canopy;

A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown

On a fool's head - and there is London Town!'

Lord Byron (1821)

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The London of our novels is not, with the exception of the first, Byron’s smoking hell.  In The Sign of the Four (1880), Sherlock Holmes observes how ‘the yellow fog swirls down Baker Street’.  Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway takes place on a single, fine summer’s day in June 1923; nevertheless, it is ‘a book of a lifetime – for a lifetime’.  Absolute Beginners (1959) describes the transformation from the austerity of post-war Britain to the swinging London of the 1960’s. In contrast to this celebration of youth, Peter Ackroyd’s Three Brothers (2013) is a ghost story and a murder mystery set in the London of the 1960’s. Ordinary Thunderstorms (2009) by William Boyd is an urban thriller in which the city itself is one of the protagonists.  Finally, Capital (2008) is a humorous and humane novel of love and suspicion, of financial collapse and terrorist threat in today’s London.

Apart from the opportunity you will be given to discuss and write essays on the books, the course provides you with regular practice in the skill of translating cultural texts from German into English. The course-leader is Philip Moore (born and bred in London). You are invited to attend the course either from 17.15 - 19.15 on Tuesday evenings, or from 16.30 - 18.30 on Friday evenings, beginning on Tuesday 13 November 2018 and Friday 16 November 2018, respectively. The course ends in May 2019.

Englisch-Literaturkurs

When & How much

1 x per week Tue17.15 - 19.15595 € / Course
1 x per week Fri16.30 - 18.30595 € / Course

 

2018-2019 course dates

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13.11.201828.05.2019late registration possible
16.11.201831.05.2019late registration possible

Course details

Group-size 6 - 12

Course-members are asked to read the following titles, which are obtainable as a set from our Reception. They will be discussed in the order given below

'The Sign of Four' by Conan Doyle

'Mrs Dalloway' by Virgina Woolf

'Absolute Beginners' by Colin McInnes

'Three Brothers' by Peter Ackroyd

'Ordinary Thunderstorms' by William Boyd

'Capital' by John Lanchester

The above titles are obtainable at our reception at € 60,-- a set. As the size of each group is limited, prompt enrolment is recommended.

The course-leader is Philip Moore.

How to register

To benefit fully from this discussion-based course, your current passive level of English should be equivalent to approximately that of the C1 Advanced (CAE) C1 (CEFR).

If you are unsure of your present level, it can be determined by the free grading service the Cambridge Institut provides (45 min. writing + 10 min speaking test, please register at Reception).

Daily Mon – Thu9.00 H – 19.30 H
Fri9.00 H – 12.00 H
13.00 H – 18.00 H

Where

Cambridge Institut
Residenzstrasse 22
80333 München

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