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Taking English literature courses in Sydney can enrich your life in many surprising ways. Have you ever thought about why some literature, such as Shakespeare’s work, remains in production century after century? His plays deal with timeless themes such as the complexities of love, hunger for power, and betrayal. In a constantly-changing, high-tech world, it’s comforting to know that not everything has changed. If you’re ready to dive in, WEA Sydney can help. We offer short courses in Sydney in our fully-equipped classrooms. Our building includes a library and our tutors are experienced and fully qualified.

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Shakespeare's The Tempest

Over eight sessions enjoy a detailed look at this wonderful text and delight in the rich experience Shakespeare at the height of his powers offers us. We will move through the play not primarily looking for information about it but rather in order to notice and enjoy all the ways in which it delights us. We begin in a tempest which Prospero’s magic... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Over eight sessions enjoy a detailed look at this wonderful text and delight in the rich experience Shakespeare at the height of his powers offers us. We will move through the play not primarily

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19 Apr

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History and Literature: Two Stories of East Europe and Jewish Life

“Post-memory”: Not personally experienced, but nevertheless a part of individual and social memory. In this course we shall study two prize-winning contemporary authors who write about women affected by and identified with the lives and deaths of their families, east European Jews. Soviet-born Katja Petrowskaja presents a part-fictional memoir,... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>“Post-memory”: Not personally experienced, but nevertheless a part of individual and social memory. In this course we shall study two prize-winning contemporary authors who write about women

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23 Apr
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This class is only running from 10:00am - 11:00am, and not for 2 hours as advertised in the brochure.

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The Fertile Pen: Lives and Works of 4 Outrageous Novelists

How do four extremely glamorous lifestyles influence popular literature since the nineteenth century? Over four fun-filled weeks we will examine the lives and works of 4 incredibly fascinating writers who were dismissed for their popularity and prolific pens. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>How do four extremely glamorous lifestyles influence popular literature since the nineteenth century? Over four fun-filled weeks we will examine the lives and works of 4 incredibly fascinating

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23 Apr

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Witness Statements: Letters in Fiction, Letters in Life

When a writer takes pen to paper they are creating a testimony to their thoughts and feelings at that time, limited and liberated by their own perspective. With classical education relying on letters from the ancient world, it makes sense that the first English novel Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister should be in the epistolary form.... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>When a writer takes pen to paper they are creating a testimony to their thoughts and feelings at that time, limited and liberated by their own perspective. With classical education relying on

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23 Apr
$39 Limited

<p>When a writer takes pen to paper they are creating a testimony to their thoughts and feelings at that time, limited and liberated by their own perspective. With classical education relying on

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23 Apr

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Re-reading Classroom Classics

This course will read a variety of texts from the NSW Senior English Syllabus (1965). The purpose of this course is threefold. We will re-read texts from the ’65 syllabus beyond the schoolhouse context in order to garner new meaning for the present moment. We will ask questions about literary prescriptions - why are certain texts chosen for the... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>This course will read a variety of texts from the NSW Senior English Syllabus (1965). The purpose of this course is threefold. We will re-read texts from the ’65 syllabus beyond the schoolhouse

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28 Apr

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The Heroes We Love and the Villains We Love to Hate in Shakespeare's Great Plays

An introduction and exploration of the great heroes and the wicked villains who people some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. We will explore one play per week and unpack the motivation and speech of these charismatic characters. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>An introduction and exploration of the great heroes and the wicked villains who people some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. We will explore one play per week and unpack the motivation and

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29 Apr

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Louisa May Alcott: The Marches and the Alcotts

"Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents" and so begins one of the earliest realistic novels about young people, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Like so many first novels it is famously autobiographical - but if that were true, Louisa certainly did a hatchet job on her brilliant and unusual family. Just how accurate was her picture of... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>"Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents" and so begins one of the earliest realistic novels about young people, <em>Little Women</em> by Louisa May Alcott. Like so many first novels it

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01 May
$39 Limited

<p>"Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents" and so begins one of the earliest realistic novels about young people, <em>Little Women</em> by Louisa May Alcott. Like so many first novels it

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01 May

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Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson: The Great Bulletin Debate

In the 1890s Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson agreed to a "write-off" in the popular Bulletin magazine. Their differences over the City and the Bush became representative of a wider class-division debate Australia was experiencing at the time. Lawson was the champion of the Bush and City battlers, while Patterson was accused of having a more "... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>In the 1890s Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson agreed to a "write-off" in the popular <em>Bulletin</em> magazine. Their differences over the City and the Bush became representative of a wider

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07 May
$39 Limited

<p>In the 1890s Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson agreed to a "write-off" in the popular <em>Bulletin</em> magazine. Their differences over the City and the Bush became representative of a wider

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07 May

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Oscar Wilde’s 'Salome': Translation, Love and Loss

Oscar Wilde was a lifelong Francophile, and he wrote his play ‘Salome; in the language he adored. The first translator was his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and Wilde abhorred the result. This talk will look at the importance of this play and the impact it had on Wilde’s life, and how it has survived into the 21st century. This class will be... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Oscar Wilde was a lifelong Francophile, and he wrote his play ‘Salome; in the language he adored. The first translator was his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and Wilde abhorred the result. This talk

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28 May

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The Landscape of Dreams in Literature

An examination of four authors who were interested in dreams and dreaming. We look at four very different people through the lens of dreams, studying their lives and their work and asking how important dreams were to them and their characters. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>An examination of four authors who were interested in dreams and dreaming. We look at four very different people through the lens of dreams, studying their lives and their work and asking how

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04 Jun

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