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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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The Essence of Shakespeare - Eight More Great Plays Unpacked

This course celebrates and explores eight memorable Shakespearean plays unpacking their poetry, plots, characters and language. This course offers eight plays to follow on from The Best of Shakespeare but is a stand-alone course so novices and lovers of Shakespeare, alike, are welcome. Come meet the Bard and some of his memorable plays. COURSE... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>This course celebrates and explores eight memorable Shakespearean plays unpacking their poetry, plots, characters and language. This course offers eight plays to follow on from The Best of

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14 Oct

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The Rise of the English Novel

This course explores the fascinating journey and rich diversity of the history and development of the English novel from being the second cousin to drama and poetry in the 1700s to become the dominant literary form of modern times. Journey across the centuries and the genres to delve into the great novelists and novels of the English speaking world... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>This course explores the fascinating journey and rich diversity of the history and development of the English novel from being the second cousin to drama and poetry in the 1700s to become the

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14 Oct

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Is Chaucer History?

This course discusses modern Chaucer, introducing students to his writing though discussion of selected characters and ideas from The Canterbury Tales. With specific interest in sexuality, gender, race, spirituality, money and politics, we examine the historical context of fourteenth-century England and Chaucer’s importance in the literary canon.... [More]
$166 Limited / $149

<p>This course discusses modern Chaucer, introducing students to his writing though discussion of selected characters and ideas from The Canterbury Tales. With specific interest in sexuality, gender,

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23 Oct

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Shakespeare's London

With its noisy, teeming streets, Shakespeare arrived from Stratford some time before 1590. By 1594 he was established as an actor and playwright and had joined the Lord Chamberlain’s Company.We walk the streets and visit Shakespeare’s sites. SUGGESTED READING Shakespeare – Peter Ackroyd 1599 – James Shapiro, Faber and Faber, 2005 1606 – James... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>With its noisy, teeming streets, Shakespeare arrived from Stratford some time before 1590. By 1594 he was established as an actor and playwright and had joined the Lord Chamberlain’s Company.We

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25 Oct

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Edith Sitwell: A Flamboyant Life

Edith Sitwell had a strange and mysterious life and her odd books deserve to be better remembered. Though her life was where she channelled her real genius, her bizarre style and legendary skill as a raconteur made her famous from a young age. Hyper-bohemian, surprisingly prolific and fascinating at every moment, this talk will examine Sitwell’s... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Edith Sitwell had a strange and mysterious life and her odd books deserve to be better remembered. Though her life was where she channelled her real genius, her bizarre style and legendary skill as

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15 Nov

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Vile Villains of Literature

Explore the wonderful world of villainy in literature! There is a plethora of villains to be found in novels, plays, poetry and graphic stories. We will have a lot of fun meeting the villains and identifying their stories, their memorable quotes and their worthiness to be in the hall of shame. You may want to come armed with a list of your own... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>Explore the wonderful world of villainy in literature! There is a plethora of villains to be found in novels, plays, poetry and graphic stories. We will have a lot of fun meeting the villains and

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16 Nov

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Revisiting Classic Comic Poetry: Australian, English and American

Explore the wit and Wisdom of these great Masters, consider the social situations that produced them and learn something of the authors. There will be opportunities for class members to present their own favourites. COURSE OUTLINE We will revisit poems we have probably experienced in our early days and almost certainly see them with new, adult eyes... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>Explore the wit and Wisdom of these great Masters, consider the social situations that produced them and learn something of the authors. There will be opportunities for class members to present

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03 Dec

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Sensational Scandal: The Development of Crime Fiction from Daniel Defoe to Agatha Christie

Crime fiction reflects our most dubious, scandalous, and wicked impulses, perhaps this is what makes it so popular. This course traces the development of crime fiction from the 18th – the 20th century. Beginning with the rogues that populate Daniel Defoe’s writing, before moving on to the intensification of fictional criminality and the rise of the... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>Crime fiction reflects our most dubious, scandalous, and wicked impulses, perhaps this is what makes it so popular. This course traces the development of crime fiction from the 18th – the 20th

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06 Feb

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Italian Film Afternoon

An opportunity to see an Italian film and afterwards, to discuss the film (in English). As the film is subtitled and the post film discussion in English, the session is suitable for students of all levels of Italian and also other students of the WEA who are interested in films and European film history. PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this... [More]

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The Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie

Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres of all time, and Dame Agatha Christie remains its most enduring author. Her detectives dominate our screens and stages, and her prolific body of work is often cited as the most widely translated, after Shakespeare and the Bible. In this course we will reconstruct her life and context, in order to... [More]
$75 Limited / $68

<p>Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres of all time, and Dame Agatha Christie remains its most enduring author. Her detectives dominate our screens and stages, and her prolific body of work

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03 Oct

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