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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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Who is the real Elizabeth Macarthur?

Kate Grenville’s recent historical novel Room Made of Leaves is the latest life story of Elizabeth Macarthur, joining biographies in 2018 (Michelle Scott Tucker), 1991 (Lennard Bickel) and 1980 (Hazel King). If Tucker’s book was creative non fiction and Grenville’s book is biographical fiction – where does the truth lie? If one of the historical... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Kate Grenville’s recent historical novel <em>Room Made of Leaves</em> is the latest life story of Elizabeth Macarthur, joining biographies in 2018 (Michelle Scott Tucker), 1991 (Lennard Bickel) and

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18 Jun
$39 Limited

<p>Kate Grenville’s recent historical novel <em>Room Made of Leaves</em> is the latest life story of Elizabeth Macarthur, joining biographies in 2018 (Michelle Scott Tucker), 1991 (Lennard Bickel) and

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18 Jun

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I Am Woman: Damsels in Distress, Femme Fatales and Women of Substance

This short course takes a comprehensive yet fun look at three female representations in fiction. Explore how poetry, film, novels and plays present the Damsel in Distress, the Femme Fatale and the Woman of Substance. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety... [More]

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An Introduction to the Qur'an

For all practising Muslims, the Qur'an is the final revelation of the will of God, but it is variantly quoted and interpreted. Sometimes its message is obscured or countered by local traditions and cultural customs. This one-day course is an introduction to the Qur'an, using three different translations from the Arabic, and their accompanying notes... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>For all practising Muslims, the Qur'an is the final revelation of the will of God, but it is variantly quoted and interpreted. Sometimes its message is obscured or countered by local traditions and

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15 Apr

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Poetry to Make ’em Laugh, Make ’em Cry and Make ’em Think

Join this short course and be enchanted and moved by the power of poetry to make us laugh, cry and think about ourselves. Novices and poetry lovers alike will find something to delight them. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney... [More]

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Culture and Society in Ireland: From Swift to Joyce

This course will explore the social, political and cultural history of Ireland through examining a number of the key texts produced by some of the major figures in Irish literary history. We will examine how Irish writers like Jonathan Swift, Maria Edgeworth, Charles Lever, George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce used... [More]

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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]

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