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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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King Arthur: Fact or Fiction?

The legend of King Arthur is the enduring myth of English literature. Drawing on written texts and archaeological evidence, we will uncover how much of this myth is based on fact and how much has developed through purely fictional accounts. Examine the development of the myth from its beginnings around 500AD, through the legend's resurgence in... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The legend of King Arthur is the enduring myth of English literature. Drawing on written texts and archaeological evidence, we will uncover how much of this myth is based on fact and how much has

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20 Jan

"How do I love thee?" - Let Me Count The Poems!

Come meet the masters of Romance who explored the passions of their souls and hearts with the cleverness of their heads to write fabulous poetry. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet,... [More]
$0 Limited

<p>Come meet the masters of Romance who explored the passions of their souls and hearts with the cleverness of their heads to write fabulous poetry.</p>

<p><strong>This class will be delivered online

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23 Jan

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Peyton Place: The Gossipy Cultural Artefact

A scandalous novel, a superb movie and a culturally significant TV soap opera. Explore the history of the text that became a byword for the power of gossip. Grace Metalious’ 1956 novel is so famous that people know what Peyton Place is without ever having read the book or seen any of its resultant spinoffs in film and television. The author was... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>A scandalous novel, a superb movie and a culturally significant TV soap opera. Explore the history of the text that became a byword for the power of gossip. Grace Metalious’ 1956 novel is so famous

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29 Jan

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Sonnets From Six Centuries

The two-part structure of the sonnet enabled it to achieve great emotional and intellectual power. We will begin from its introduction from Italy by Tudor poets and range through its exploitation by Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne and others before we look at the Romantics, Keats, Wordsworth and Coleridge among them. We will explore the remarkable... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>The two-part structure of the sonnet enabled it to achieve great emotional and intellectual power. We will begin from its introduction from Italy by Tudor poets and range through its exploitation

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01 Feb

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Dante's Paradiso

Paradiso is the third and final part of the Commedia. After his descent to the depths of Hell and his purification on Mount Purgatory, Dante rises heavenwards. Guided by Beatrice, he traverses the nine celestial spheres. She is replaced by St Bernard who guides the Pilgrim in the Empyrean, the abode of God. There Dante sees the redeemed, united... [More]
$230 Limited

<p><em>Paradiso</em> is the third and final part of the Commedia. After his descent to the depths of Hell and his purification on Mount Purgatory, Dante rises heavenwards. Guided by Beatrice, he

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03 Feb

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Troubled Pleasure - The Romantics

This course explores some of the great poets of the Romantic period (1790 – 1840). This was an extraordinary time in Literature. The poetic works of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, Keats and more established the cornerstones of how we understand ourselves and our worlds. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>This course explores some of the great poets of the Romantic period (1790 – 1840). This was an extraordinary time in Literature. The poetic works of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron,

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04 Feb

Myth and Authorship in Shakespeare and Marlowe

Discover one of the greatest mythic artistic rivalries in literary history, that of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. Over six weeks we will read two plays by each author (four plays total) in order to explore the similarities and differences in their productions: Marlowe’s Dr Faustus and The Jew of Malta, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and The... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>Discover one of the greatest mythic artistic rivalries in literary history, that of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. Over six weeks we will read two plays by each author (four plays

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10 Feb

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Testament to Friendships: Classic English Writers

10 writers, 5 friendships, 200 years – let’s look at some of the friendships that have existed between great writers over time, how they have supported each other, and helped bring forth great literature. From Shelley and Byron’s shared love of poetry and freedom, to gregarious Elizabeth Gaskell shepherding shy Charlotte Bronte around Society;... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>10 writers, 5 friendships, 200 years – let’s look at some of the friendships that have existed between great writers over time, how they have supported each other, and helped bring forth great

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13 Feb

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Magic Realism and Gabriel García Márquez

Discover the literary universe of Magic Realism! Explore the characters and setting of wonderful short stories by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>Discover the literary universe of Magic Realism! Explore the characters and setting of wonderful short stories by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez.</p>

<p><strong>This class will

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02 Mar

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Hans Christian Andersen: The Ugly Duckling

My Life as a Fairytale was the title Andersen gave to his autobiography which is completely accurate if you know that fairy tales are full of threats, contradictions, rejection, disguised truths, suffering, perseverance, wishes, and fears. He dreamt of being the Ugly Duckling who one day would be accepted by the swans as one of them but when the... [More]
$39 Limited

<p><em>My Life as a Fairytale</em> was the title Andersen gave to his autobiography which is completely accurate if you know that fairy tales are full of threats, contradictions, rejection, disguised

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27 Mar

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