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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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The Richness of Poetry: Marlowe to Heaney

The poets this course treats are English except for Frost, American; McAuley, Australian; and Heaney, Irish. I have chosen the poems for their imaginative and emotional impact. Hero and Leander, Marlowe’s last work, is a sensuous delight and Venus and Adonis the funniest and most moving of Shakespeare’s poems. Byron’s lyrics are gracious, his Don Juan outrageously funny. Hopkins was an incredible and confronting innovator. Frost, a modern American icon, was the voice of the common... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
The Richness of Poetry: Marlowe to Heaney

<p>The poets this course treats are English except for Frost, American; McAuley, Australian; and Heaney, Irish. I have chosen the poems for their imaginative and emotional impact. Hero and Leander,

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

The Essence of Shakespeare - Eight Great Plays Unpacked

Each week this course introduces one of Shakespeare’s unforgettably great plays by exploring what makes the characters tick and unpacking the great speeches. Ambition, love, hatred, jealousy, sacrifice – its all here in the world of Shakespeare. [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
The Essence of Shakespeare - Eight Great Plays Unpacked

Each week this course introduces one of Shakespeare’s unforgettably great plays by exploring what makes the characters tick and unpacking the great speeches. Ambition, love, hatred, jealousy,

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

Poetry - Fabulous Forms and Features

This course introduces a different form of poetry each week and unpacks its form and features. Bask in ballads, ogle at odes, value villanelles, sigh at sonnets and purr at the pastorals. For poetry lovers and novices alike. [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
Poetry - Fabulous Forms and Features

This course introduces a different form of poetry each week and unpacks its form and features. Bask in ballads, ogle at odes, value villanelles, sigh at sonnets and purr at the pastorals. For poetry

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

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]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
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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Matsuo Basho - The Poet, and his Journey through Northern Japan

Matsuo Basho developed the style of poetry we know today as Haiku. In 1689, four years before his death, he undertook a monumental journey around the Northern parts of Japan, a journey of 2400 kilometres. The journey took over five months, and resulted in one of Japan’s greatest pieces of travel literature, the Oku-no-hosomichi (The Narrow Road to Oku), a mixture of travelogue prose and haiku poetry. The course describes Basho’s life, some key passages from the text, and the... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Matsuo Basho - The Poet, and his Journey through Northern Japan

<p>Matsuo Basho developed the style of poetry we know today as Haiku. In 1689, four years before his death, he undertook a monumental journey around the Northern parts of Japan, a journey of 2400

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Tallulah Daaahling! The Troubled Life of a Screen Icon

Tallulah Bankhead was a fiercely determined actor who crafted her own life, image and reputation. Though her greatest successes were confined to the theatre, what little film and radio work she did was legendary right from the start. A doomed, hilarious, fabulous and hugely influential creative force, this talk will examine Bankhead’s story and legacy. [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
Tallulah Daaahling! The Troubled Life of a Screen Icon

Tallulah Bankhead was a fiercely determined actor who crafted her own life, image and reputation. Though her greatest successes were confined to the theatre, what little film and radio work she did

...

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

King Arthur - The Utopian King

King Arthur stands as the ideal – albeit flawed and tragic – of kingly virtues from a past golden age. This essentially British story is drawn from history and folklore, moulded by successive retellings by writers such as Thomas Malory and T.H. White, and adapted into multiple forms, because the stories and ideas are so compelling. How can a person be the ideal king, or the ideal knight? What are the obstacles to virtue? There have been other legendary kings, but these are not... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
King Arthur - The Utopian King

<p>King Arthur stands as the ideal – albeit flawed and tragic – of kingly virtues from a past golden age. This essentially British story is drawn from history and folklore, moulded by successive

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This class will now take place on 21st June, rather than the 28th as previously advertised.

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

Wilkie Collins and the Sensation Novel

When Wilkie Collins' novel “The Woman in White” was first published in serial form in 1859 it not only transformed him into one of the most famous of Victorian writers, but launched a whole new genre of sensation fiction, drawing on aspects from melodrama, Gothic fiction, and the Newgate fiction which adapted crime stories for the entertainment of the newly literate working class and middle class consumers. His own life was sensational enough: sickly, and addicted to opium, he... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Wilkie Collins and the Sensation Novel

<p>When Wilkie Collins' novel “The Woman in White” was first published in serial form in 1859 it not only transformed him into one of the most famous of Victorian writers, but launched a whole new

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

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

...

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

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]