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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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Rediscover the Iliad and The Odyssey

We are the heirs to the greatest works of literature from cultures across the globe but how well do we know these great epics? Discover the history and significance, the stories and the arts created around the The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer – or were they? – which inspired centuries of art and archaeology. Join us to find out more about the history of the texts, their cultural significance, and the stories themselves. COURSE OUTLINE Homer and the texts: Origins, Translations,... [More]
$35 Limited inc GST
Rediscover the Iliad and The Odyssey

<p>We are the heirs to the greatest works of literature from cultures across the globe but how well do we know these great epics? Discover the history and significance, the stories and the arts

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Suicide, Ghosts and Christian Burial: Historical Attitudes to Death in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Shakespeare’s tragedies remain a source of wisdom and reflection that frame contemporary attitudes to life and death. Those iconic scenes – Hamlet holding the skull, Ophelia’s watery death – how were they shaped by Elizabethan ideas and practices? To truly understand the text, and why it still speaks to us, we must consider it’s historical context: Roman and Christian attitudes to suicide, Protestant and Catholic notions of free will, Elizabethan Coroner’s inquests, and Medieval... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Suicide, Ghosts and Christian Burial: Historical Attitudes to Death in Shakespeare's Hamlet

<p>Shakespeare’s tragedies remain a source of wisdom and reflection that frame contemporary attitudes to life and death. Those iconic scenes – Hamlet holding the skull, Ophelia’s watery death – how

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Who was William Shakespeare?

Some of us may have come to Shakespeare just recently. Still, it’s never too late to look at what is so special about him, by embarking on a wonderful journey from Stratford-upon-Avon to London to explore this man and his times. Shakespeare was born in just the right place at the right time; Elizabethan England. In this first part of a two part series, we visit Stratford-upon-Avon and examine his early days. SUGGESTED READING On Shakespeare – John Bell, Allen & Unwin, 2011... [More]
$35 Limited inc GST
Who was William Shakespeare?

<p>Some of us may have come to Shakespeare just recently. Still, it’s never too late to look at what is so special about him, by embarking on a wonderful journey from Stratford-upon-Avon to London to

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Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood & Other Poems

Come join our class who love poetry and have waited their whole lives to read Thomas' wondrous play for voices Under Milk Wood and other poems. No pre requisites except a sense of fun, curiosity and a willingness to be roiling in sound and imagery. O and before you let the sun in, mind he wipes his shoes... This course engages with Thomas' play and poetry in a way that allows all students to participate and engage. A close reading of the play and poetry is offered and questions... [More]
$142 Limited inc GST / $128
Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood & Other Poems

<p>Come join our class who love poetry and have waited their whole lives to read Thomas' wondrous play for voices <em>Under Milk Wood</em> and other poems. No pre requisites except a sense of fun,

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This course has changed to now start in January 2019.

Troubled Pleasure - The Romantics

This course explores some of the great poets of the Romantic period (1790 – 1840). This was an extraordinary time in Literature. The poetic works of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, Keats and more established the cornerstones of how we understand ourselves and our worlds. COURSE OUTLINE Review of the Language and Techniques of English Literature Understand the poetry seminal to the Romantic period Enhance appreciation of the context and influences of this period... [More]

Emptying Oyster Shells: T.S. Eliot's Lyrical Poetry

T.S. Eliot’s poetry, the epitome of Modern lyricism, remains influential among contemporary poets – and for good reason. His lyrical free-verse style, experimental in the 1920s, is now the benchmark of ‘good’ poetry that doesn’t have to rhyme. Join us as we unpack the technical brilliance of his sounds and images. Each week, we engage in critical reading, discussion, and debate in order to discover the rich layers, meanings, and possibilities of one of Eliot’s poems. This course is... [More]