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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 and explore English lit, 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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Andre Gide: A Fearless Love of Truth

Andre Gide was once considered one of the greatest writers and intellect of his age. Discuss his rather complex personal life, his fascinating novels, his famous journals and some of his great failures. COURSE OUTLINE The delicate young writer – How Gide determined to become a writer and how his writing career developed Immoral morals – Gide’s life reflected in his literary art Proust and the Belle Epoque – Gide as Parisian tastemaker The lifelong habit – the tremendous achievement... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Andre Gide: A Fearless Love of Truth

<p>Andre Gide was once considered one of the greatest writers and intellect of his age. Discuss his rather complex personal life, his fascinating novels, his famous journals and some of his great

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Jane Austen: A Day in the Life

Jane Austen is an iconic figure for scholars and fans alike. In this day course we will learn more about her life and her enduring reputation. This course reconstructs Austen’s life by examining her personal correspondence with beloved sister Cassandra, studying surviving portraits, and scrutinising the perceptions that others had of her, namely her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh. SUGGESTED READING Austen’s letters - can be read online for free at Project Gutenberg and Oxford do... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Jane Austen: A Day in the Life

<p>Jane Austen is an iconic figure for scholars and fans alike. In this day course we will learn more about her life and her enduring reputation. This course reconstructs Austen’s life by examining

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Poetry Sublime - Fabulous Poets and their Poetry

Poetry is indeed an art form and is a glorious expression of humanity’s intellectual, spiritual, moral and social personae. Examine the art of poetry by delving into the techniques, genres and periods of poetry from across the English-speaking world. This course is suitable for both the novice poetry student and poetry lovers alike. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction to Poetry – understanding and interpreting techniques and the wonderfully eclectic genres of poetry. The origins and growth... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
Poetry Sublime - Fabulous Poets and their Poetry

<p>Poetry is indeed an art form and is a glorious expression of humanity’s intellectual, spiritual, moral and social personae. Examine the art of poetry by delving into the techniques, genres and

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Glamorous Paris

Explore 4 of the most fabulous Parisian authors of the 20th century. Some glamorous inspiration as we look at the literary, historical and social worlds of people whose lives were as creative as their art. Proust, Colette, Gertrude Stein and Cocteau were some of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century and this course explores their fascinating lives and the beautiful city that nurtured them. Swann’s Way (In Search of Lost Time Vol 1), Marcel Proust Cheri, Colette The... [More]
$145 Limited inc GST / $131
Glamorous Paris

<p>Explore 4 of the most fabulous Parisian authors of the 20th century. Some glamorous inspiration as we look at the literary, historical and social worlds of people whose lives were as creative as

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Elizabeth Gaskell: Her Life and Writing

The worst fate to befall the literary reputation of Elizabeth Gaskell was being known as Mrs Gaskell. That was enough for critics to dismiss her as sweetly feminine, pious and ignorant for over a hundred years. Having now recovered her first name, Gaskell is held in high regard for her engagement with major social issues, her detailed world building, and the respect she shows to all her characters. Join us as we explore her life and her writing, her friendships with Charles Dickens... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Elizabeth Gaskell: Her Life and Writing

<p>The worst fate to befall the literary reputation of Elizabeth Gaskell was being known as Mrs Gaskell. That was enough for critics to dismiss her as sweetly feminine, pious and ignorant for over a

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Jane Austen: Romantics and Revolution

Jane Austen is an iconic figure for scholars and fans alike. In this course we will examine four of her novels, as well as a range of popular contemporary adaptations in order fully appreciate her influence over literary forms, including the way her writing helped to consolidate the codes of the realist novel. We will also analyse how these novels participate in the social and political debates that characterised the early 1800s. SUGGESTED READING Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
Jane Austen: Romantics and Revolution

<p>Jane Austen is an iconic figure for scholars and fans alike. In this course we will examine four of her novels, as well as a range of popular contemporary adaptations in order fully appreciate her

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Writing after Auschwitz: Nazism and the Holocaust in Post-War German Literature

After the Second World War, German literature has constantly been affected by its controversial past. The impact of the Nazi regime, and of the Holocaust, and their ethical, political and aesthetic implications, have concerned not only the writers of the first generation, who directly experienced those years, but also the authors of the following generations, who have refused any form of escapism in order to stand testimony to a past that still persists. SUGGESTED READING The... [More]
$222 Limited inc GST / $200
Writing after Auschwitz: Nazism and the Holocaust in Post-War German Literature

<p>After the Second World War, German literature has constantly been affected by its controversial past. The impact of the Nazi regime, and of the Holocaust, and their ethical, political and aesthetic

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Landscapes of War through the Lens of Poetry

The poetry of war is an evocative and moving testimony to the horrors of war and the memories of peace. War poetry is rich in pathos yet there is humour, there is anger and yet tolerance and separates the harsh reality of the war scape from the dream-like scape of peace. [More]
$25 Limited inc GST
Landscapes of War through the Lens of Poetry

The poetry of war is an evocative and moving testimony to the horrors of war and the memories of peace. War poetry is rich in pathos yet there is humour, there is anger and yet tolerance and separates

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Legends: The Scarlet Pimpernel - Secret Identities and Fictional Heroes

The Scarlet Pimpernel, secret identity of dandy Sir Percy Blakeney, began rescuing aristos from the guillotine in 1905, launching many other fictional heroes: Zorro, the Saint, and Batman, amongst others. But the hero with a secret identity goes even further back in history and folklore. Join us to look investigate these adventure stories, the times they represent, and why they are always popular. SUGGESTED READING The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott The... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Legends: The Scarlet Pimpernel - Secret Identities and Fictional Heroes

<p>The Scarlet Pimpernel, secret identity of dandy Sir Percy Blakeney, began rescuing aristos from the guillotine in 1905, launching many other fictional heroes: Zorro, the Saint, and Batman, amongst

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Shakespeare's Baddies

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$110 Limited inc GST / $99

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