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Landed Squires, Clergy and Military Men: The Male Presence in Jane Austen's Novels

The men in Jane Austen’s novels live in a larger world than the sedate, gentile world she chose for her settings. Besides being important registers for her strong moral compass they can take us into the wider, more turbulent England of her times. COURSE OUTLINE The landed Gentry, their status, obligations and management structures. The enclosure movements and its problems. Changing forms of wealth in England. A quick survey of landed property owners in the Austen novels. Good... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Landed Squires, Clergy and Military Men: The Male Presence in Jane Austen's Novels

<p>The men in Jane Austen’s novels live in a larger world than the sedate, gentile world she chose for her settings. Besides being important registers for her strong moral compass they can take us

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Shakespeare's Women

‘Frailty – thy name is woman!’ How do we reconcile Shakespeare’s attitudes to his women characters, when they vary from the dazzling wit of Beatrice to the shrewish Katerina? Was the bard a misogynist? Discuss the interpretation of these women by Elizabethan and Jacobean audiences, and consider how modern perspectives might cast these varied characters in a new light. SUGGESTED READING Much Ado About Nothing Hamlet Othello As You Like It Taming of the Shrew COURSE OUTLINE... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Shakespeare's Women

<p>‘Frailty – thy name is woman!’ How do we reconcile Shakespeare’s attitudes to his women characters, when they vary from the dazzling wit of Beatrice to the shrewish Katerina? Was the bard a

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Nobel Laureates: Poetry that Saves a Nation

"What is poetry that does not save Nations or people?" (Milosz). Explore a selection of Poet Nobel Laureates who have been lauded as the voice of their nation. Their imaginations both replicate and undermine geo-political boundaries. Their poetry creates and reflects a nation, an imagined community, a place of belonging. In all their oeuvres we find a relationship between the notion of poetry and the notion of the nation space; despite different and separate creeds of nationalism.... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
Nobel Laureates: Poetry that Saves a Nation

<p><em>"What is poetry that does not save Nations or people?"</em> (Milosz). Explore a selection of Poet Nobel Laureates who have been lauded as the voice of their nation. Their imaginations both

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Play Reading - The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Reading a play out loud and with other people allows us to experience the play very differently than from seeing it onstage or reading to oneself. We hear, taste and speak the words. A play-reading allows us to take the play at our own pace, develop a deeper understanding of the text through discussion and enjoy the play in an entirely different way. Everyone get a go at reading and for those unable or to shy to read, come and listen, enjoy and discuss. 
COURSE OUTLINE Reading The... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Play Reading - The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

<p>Reading a play out loud and with other people allows us to experience the play very differently than from seeing it onstage or reading to oneself. We hear, taste and speak the words. A play-reading

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Daphne du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel & Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier’s haunting novels still attract readers and film-goers today. Susannah Fullerton talks about the enigmatic woman who wrote them, the inspiration behind each book, their gorgeous Corish settings, and looks at the qualities that make both novels so haunting and memorable. [More]
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Daphne du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel & Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier’s haunting novels still attract readers and film-goers today. Susannah Fullerton talks about the enigmatic woman who wrote them, the inspiration behind each book, their gorgeous

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$48 Limited inc GST
Daphne du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel & Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier’s haunting novels still attract readers and film-goers today. Susannah Fullerton talks about the enigmatic woman who wrote them, the inspiration behind each book, their gorgeous

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The Russian Revolution: Seen through the Poetry and Art of Vladimir Mayakovsky

2017 marks the centenary of the Russian revolution, the dramatic change of the social system opened up ways for new artistic expression. Poetry, prose, fine arts became more accessible to the working class and changed their function from purely “elite arts”, viewed only by intellectuals, into the art for the masses, art of action, movement, dynamics. Mayakovsky is a true representative of the modernist movement, continuously trying and propagating new, sometimes radical, forms of... [More]
$105 Limited inc GST / $94
The Russian Revolution: Seen through the Poetry and Art of Vladimir Mayakovsky

<p>2017 marks the centenary of the Russian revolution, the dramatic change of the social system opened up ways for new artistic expression. Poetry, prose, fine arts became more accessible to the

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Shakespeare: Speaking the Speech

Actors Lyn Collingwood, Mary Haire and Kim Knuckey bring Shakespeare to life via readings of his poetry and excerpts and scenes from his plays, some well-known, others more obscure. Each work will be introduced via a mini tutorial relating to Shakespeare’s times: the politics, the theatres in which he performed and was performed and those who peopled those venues, onstage and off. Be entertained as you’re informed via this “nuts and bolts” practical Shakespeare presentation.... [More]
$48 Limited inc GST
Shakespeare: Speaking the Speech

<p>Actors Lyn Collingwood, Mary Haire and Kim Knuckey bring Shakespeare to life via readings of his poetry and excerpts and scenes from his plays, some well-known, others more obscure. Each work will

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Tales from the Arabian Nights

Magical lanterns, genies, flying carpets live in our imaginations by way of The 1001 Arabian Nights, a collection framed around a story which proposes that stories can save your life. These tales form a river of multiculturalism, gathering tales form Jewish and Muslim traditions, from Egypt and Persia, to be translated to French, and then into English, shaping the European notions of the exotic East, and inspiring generations of writers from Stevenson to Dumas, Dickens to Twain,... [More]
$70 Limited inc GST / $63
Tales from the Arabian Nights

<p>Magical lanterns, genies, flying carpets live in our imaginations by way of <em>The 1001 Arabian Nights</em>, a collection framed around a story which proposes that stories can save your life.

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Six Moving Christmas Stories

Dickens' Christmas Carol has become one of the world’s best-known stories of seasonal goodwill and personal transformation. But the season has inspired a number of other moving but less well-known short stories. In this short course we will read and enjoy and discuss six or more of these great stories, from several countries, looking at some common elements, some national and/or historic differences, and the moral lessons we can, or are intended to, take from them. You may wish to... [More]
$150 Limited inc GST / $135
Six Moving Christmas Stories

<p>Dickens' <em>Christmas Carol</em> has become one of the world’s best-known stories of seasonal goodwill and personal transformation. But the season has inspired a number of other moving but less

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