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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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All Things Australian - A Look at Australian Poetry

Explore the marvellous variety and depth of Australian poetry. Each week we take a theme to explore both Australian poetry and the Australian identity. Famous poets and their poems and lesser known poets and their poems will be featured in this Australian showcase. COURSE OUTLINE At War – including Kenneth Slessor’s ‘Beach Burial’ and Leon Gellet’s 'Night Attack' In the bush – including Jack Davis' ‘Camped in the Bush’ and Jordie Albiston’s 'Letter Home (Margaret Catchpole) Weather... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
All Things Australian - A Look at Australian Poetry

<p>Explore the marvellous variety and depth of Australian poetry. Each week we take a theme to explore both Australian poetry and the Australian identity. Famous poets and their poems and lesser known

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Philosophy, Myths and Fairy Tales

From Socratic interrogation to analytic philosophy, western philosophers are often expected to dissociate themselves from religion and myth. This course challenges this notion, by looking at philosophers who thought differently as well as writers of fairy tales. COURSE OUTLINE Myth in Pre-Socratic Philosophy and Socratic Philosophy. Pre-Socratic philosophers tended to pass on their wisdom via myths and sacred stories. German Romanticism, Myth and Fairytales This lesson focuses on... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Philosophy, Myths and Fairy Tales

<p>From Socratic interrogation to analytic philosophy, western philosophers are often expected to dissociate themselves from religion and myth. This course challenges this notion, by looking at

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Shakespeare's Radicals

How could Shakespeare, who enjoyed both public success and social climbing, be a political radical? In exploring his more explicitly radical, but lesser-known plays, we will piece together what political agenda Shakespeare might have had as a writer. We will locate the spectacle of these radical works in their political context – the role of Richard II in the Essex uprising, the significance of The Tempest as Britain began colonisation. This course is suitable for students new to... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Shakespeare's Radicals

<p>How could Shakespeare, who enjoyed both public success and social climbing, be a political radical? In exploring his more explicitly radical, but lesser-known plays, we will piece together what

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John Donne's Poetry

The father of metaphysical poetry and innovator of the conversational sonnet, John Donne’s poetry has philosophical qualities and doubts which appeal to the contemporary reader, and help us frame our own suffering. In this course, suitable for both beginners and those familiar with his poetry, we take a close textual approach to a selection of poems, and situate them in Jacobean England, the Renaissance, and the religious turbulence of Donne’s lifetime. Poems will be provided each... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
John Donne's Poetry

<p>The father of metaphysical poetry and innovator of the conversational sonnet, John Donne’s poetry has philosophical qualities and doubts which appeal to the contemporary reader, and help us frame

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Robert Louis Stevenson: Master of Genres

Robert Louis Stevenson was a master writer, not just of one literary form, but of adventure and horror, historical and fantasy, poetry and plays, fiction and non fiction, crafting each one with an enduring delight in language. His own life was similarly wide ranging, as he travelled the world, his eager mind outpacing his frail body. He married a woman few others could love, and made a home everywhere and nowhere, writing, exploring, interfering in local politics, and winning... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
Robert Louis Stevenson: Master of Genres

<p>Robert Louis Stevenson was a master writer, not just of one literary form, but of adventure and horror, historical and fantasy, poetry and plays, fiction and non fiction, crafting each one with an

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The Queens of Crime

Enjoy some escapist intrigue as we explore the literary, historical and social worlds of the Queens of Crime. Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham were all mega-sellers, and this course explores their fascinating lives, literary output and influence. Learn about the golden age of crime writing in English and become familiar with some of the greats of this beloved tradition. Enjoy some escapist intrigue as we explore the literary, historical and... [More]
$142 Limited inc GST / $128
The Queens of Crime

<p>Enjoy some escapist intrigue as we explore the literary, historical and social worlds of the Queens of Crime. Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham were all

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A Thousand and One Nights in One

Take a magic carpet ride through the literature of the Islamic world. Find early female voices, the Persians (including a poem translated by Gertrude Bell), the Andalusians, Khayyam, Gibran, the Egyptians Mahfouz and Al Saadawi and contemporary writers – including from North Africa, Indonesia and Australia – at this bazaar of Easter writing. Actor Kim Knuckey will join actor/writer Mary Haire to read the works – accompanied by mini tutorials. Most of the work is sectarian, much of... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
A Thousand and One Nights in One

<p>Take a magic carpet ride through the literature of the Islamic world. Find early female voices, the Persians (including a poem translated by Gertrude Bell), the Andalusians, Khayyam, Gibran, the

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L. M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables and Other Orphans

In Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery created one of the most loved characters in literature. Montgomery was contributing to the rich trope of the orphan heroine, and so we will also visit Heidi, Pollyanna, Rebecca and Judy Abbott, to explore why these characters were created and how they have been understood. SUGGESTED READING Any novels by any of the five authors eg: Montgomery, Lucy Maud: Anne of Green Gables, Rilla of Ingleside, Emily of New Moon, Pat of Silver Bush,... [More]
$107 Limited inc GST / $96
L. M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables and Other Orphans

<p>In Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery created one of the most loved characters in literature. Montgomery was contributing to the rich trope of the orphan heroine, and so we will also visit

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Discovering Emily Bronte in her Parsonage

A virtual tour of the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth and the area around the parsonage to mark the Bicentenary of Emily Jane Bronte. The tour will entail placing incidents in Emily’s life in the various rooms of the Parsonage and revealing her thoughts through her poetry, letters and prose to discover the real Emily not the obscure, rude recluse Charlotte created. Bring your favourite piece of Emily’s poetry or prose to share with us. SUGGESTED READING Emily Bronte’s Poetry and her... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Discovering Emily Bronte in her Parsonage

<p>A virtual tour of the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth and the area around the parsonage to mark the Bicentenary of Emily Jane Bronte. The tour will entail placing incidents in Emily’s life in the

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