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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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Poetry Sublime

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

<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

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

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 favourite villains – have their name, their text and their author – but this is optional. COURSE OUTLINE What makes a villain? And master... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Vile Villains of Literature

<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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Sergey Eisenstein: Revolution in Filmmaking

Explore the life and films of Sergey Eisenstein, a revolutionary Soviet filmmaker, who has established and implemented the principles of montage. His silent film, Battleship Potemkin, is regarded as one of the best movies of all time. Eisenstein is a representative of an extremely creative cohort of post-revolutionary Soviet intelligentsia, including the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and the theatre director Vsevolod Meyerhold, who were creating the new visual and poetic reality for the... [More]
$75 $64 Limited inc GST / $68
Sergey Eisenstein: Revolution in Filmmaking

<p>Explore the life and films of Sergey Eisenstein, a revolutionary Soviet filmmaker, who has established and implemented the principles of montage. His silent film, Battleship Potemkin, is regarded

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

Japanese Poetry: Haiku Ginko - Writing Zen

Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (a Japanese form of short poem) captures a moment in nature. It is a doorway to Zen practice – it’s a way to write what you know. A ginko is a walk in nature, during which your writing hand keeps moving just like your legs. Whatever sights, sounds and smells you experience can transform... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
Japanese Poetry: Haiku Ginko - Writing Zen

<p>Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (

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Who was William Shakespeare? - The Upstart Crow

Shakespeare was born in just the right place at the right time: Elizabethan England. In this second part of a two part series, we arrive in London and examine his busy city life and try to answer whether he did write Shakespeare. SUGGESTED READING On Shakespeare – John Bell, Allen & Unwin, 2011 Shakespeare – Peter Ackroyd 1599 – James Shapiro, Faber and Faber, 2005 1606 – James Shapiro, Faber and Faber, 2015 Contested Will – James Shapiro, Faber and Faber 2010 COURSE OUTLINE... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Who was William Shakespeare? - The Upstart Crow

<p>Shakespeare was born in just the right place at the right time: Elizabethan England. In this second part of a two part series, we arrive in London and examine his busy city life and try to answer

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

Legends: The Outlaw Hero - Robin Hood

Robbing from the rich to give to the poor- it’s a potent image of justice versus the law, and from Hereward the Wake to Ned Kelly, from Juraj Janucik to Song Jiang, the legend of the Outlaw Hero has been told in many different cultures. When a people are invaded and oppressed it seems a hero will rise up to defend them. Are all of them truly heroes as well as outlaws or is it possible that some might have manipulated the legend for their own ends? COURSE OUTLINE History of the... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Legends: The Outlaw Hero - Robin Hood

<p>Robbing from the rich to give to the poor- it’s a potent image of justice versus the law, and from Hereward the Wake to Ned Kelly, from Juraj Janucik to Song Jiang, the legend of the Outlaw Hero

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Antony and Cleopatra

When W.H. Auden and Norman Holmes Pearson edited the great 5 Vol. anthology, The Viking Portable Poets of the English Language in 1950, they represented Shakespeare’s poetry not by excerpts from various plays, not by selected sonnets or by the wonderful Venus and Adonis, but by the complete text of this play. Taking our cue from them, we will spend all 8 sessions on it, exploring its richness at our leisure. Participants will need an edition of the play that has numbered lines.... [More]

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The Novelty of the Novel

The novel was the unacknowledged second cousin of drama and poetry and yet has become the dominant form of literature. Find out about the rise of the novel and the great milestones along the way. [More]
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The Novelty of the Novel

The novel was the unacknowledged second cousin of drama and poetry and yet has become the dominant form of literature. Find out about the rise of the novel and the great milestones along the way.

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