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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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Even More Great Plays of the Theatre

Meet some seminal plays that have shaped theatre history. Meet the writers and what prompted them to write these great plays. Meet the characters and unpack their speeches and motivations. Discover the themes that drive the plays and find out about how they could or should be staged. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Meet some seminal plays that have shaped theatre history. Meet the writers and what prompted them to write these great plays. Meet the characters and unpack their speeches and motivations. Discover

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20 Oct

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Dante's Purgatorio

Dante, the pilgrim, with his guide, Virgil, has left the Inferno and has arrived at the island-mountain of Purgatory, created by Lucifer’s fall. Before they can enter Purgatory proper, they must pass through Ante-purgatory, the area of the Late Repentant. The middle of the mountain is reserved for the purging of the seven Capital Sins. In the final... [More]
$215 Limited / $193

<p>Dante, the pilgrim, with his guide, Virgil, has left the Inferno and has arrived at the island-mountain of Purgatory, created by Lucifer’s fall. Before they can enter Purgatory proper, they must

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21 Oct

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Literary Southern England: Land and Writers

The land is the mother of culture, because our places are the reason we see and hear and feel as we do. Join us as we wander around ten of the southern counties of England, exploring them through the eyes of twenty great and popular English writers (and possibly more!) from Chaucer to Le Carre and from Dahl to Dickens. In each region we will look... [More]
$99 Limited / $89

<p>The land is the mother of culture, because our places are the reason we see and hear and feel as we do. Join us as we wander around ten of the southern counties of England, exploring them through

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14 Nov

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Are Books Good for Us?

Those of us interested in education tend to assume that reading books is a good thing. Books improve us, we believe, or at least certain kinds of books improve us. They exercise our intellects, expand our imaginations, ‘open up new horizons’ and furnish us with good examples to imitate in our own lives; they increase our capacity for empathy, teach... [More]
$0 Limited

<p>Those of us interested in education tend to assume that reading books is a good thing. Books improve us, we believe, or at least certain kinds of books improve us. They exercise our intellects,

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25 Nov

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History and the Novel: Sebald’s Austerlitz

How does one write a novel about the Holocaust without mentioning it? Award-winning novelist W.G. Sebald has done so, several times – and Austerlitz is his supreme attempt. For Sebald, descriptions of Jewish persecution and mass murder were of such enormity that one could not grasp them rationally. For him, one could only approach obliquely, with... [More]

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Musical Adaptations from Shakespeare

What is Shakespeare’s appeal to composers – is it his verse, plots, characters or a combination? We’ll consider operas, ballets, musicals (even jukebox musicals), soundtracks, incidental music, and symphonic poems. We’ll look at adaptations of major works such as “Romeo and Juliet”, “Othello”, “Midsummer Night's Dream”, and “Hamlet” but also... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>What is Shakespeare’s appeal to composers – is it his verse, plots, characters or a combination? We’ll consider operas, ballets, musicals (even jukebox musicals), soundtracks, incidental music, and

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14 Oct

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Bright Young Things: Creative Genius from Between the Wars

The 1920s and 30s saw the rise of talent, literary genius and eccentric bohemianism in England. This course looks at four of some of the best who were celebrities in this period but may now be forgotten: Sylvia Townsend Warner, Harold Acton, Cecil Beaton and Diana Mitford. Daring, sometimes controversial, but always fascinating – come investigate a... [More]

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Noel Coward: A Flamboyant Life

From the exemplar of jazz-age glamour to grand patriot and self-parody, Noel Coward was one of the greatest wits of his age. His sophisticated songs, his dressing gowns as daywear and his cigarette holder – cemented the image of Noel Coward in the popular cultural mind through most of the 20th century. Known for his slightly-scandalous plays and... [More]

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The History of the Ghost Story: from Homer to Susan Hill

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! Tales of one who has seen the dead have been part of storytelling from the time of Homer and Plautus, as “true stories” as well as the fine craft of literary manipulation, brimming with the terror of suspense and the horror of shock.... [More]

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The Golden Years of Hollywood

The fabulous Golden Years of Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1950s gave us some of the best loved films in the world. Let’s sit back with our jaffas and indulge our nostalgia by looking back at those films, and the stars and directors and studio systems that made them possible. We’re going to wander back through romance, comedy, noir, horror,... [More]

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