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Past, Present and Future Worlds: Science Fiction Themes in Literature and Film

From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818 onwards science fiction has explored the relationship between technology, society and the individual. It has been described as the history of humanity’s changing attitude to space and time. It reflects our changing knowledge of the universe and our position within it through literature, film and all forms of popular culture. The course will look at this genre through a series of themes such as time and space travel. COURSE OUTLINE From... [More]

English Poetry: The Elizabethans to the Late Romantics

This course offers a unique experience of the range of English Poetry: from the towering rhetoric of Elizabethan revenge drama – Chapman, Kyd, Marlowe and finally Shakespeare; through the flights of imagination of the great Romantics – Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth and Tennyson; to the late Romantic experiments in texture of Swinburne, Thompson and others that culminated in the originality with which Hopkins forged his amazing language. SUGGESTED READING Boris Ford, ed. Pelican Guide... [More]

Shakespeare's Villains

Dissect the great evildoers of Shakespeare’s canon: Iago, Edmund, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, alongside the more problematic cases of Shylock and Hamlet. Debate the nature of ‘evil’ in the context of the playwright who penned 'There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.' Find out why these villains have become archetypes with enduring relevance. Learn about cataclysmic Elizabethan and Jacobean events that shaped their concept of evil, and compare Jacobean and... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Shakespeare's Villains

<p>Dissect the great evildoers of Shakespeare’s canon: Iago, Edmund, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, alongside the more problematic cases of Shylock and Hamlet. Debate the nature of ‘evil’ in the context of

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Russian Literature in Translation: Pushkin, Turgenev and Tynianov

Explore in this course three of Russia’s greatest writers, beginning with Pushkin, the outstanding poet and short-story writer who has remained Russia’s most-loved author. We will then study several of the shorter novels of Turgenev, the most westernized of the 19th century Russian writers. The course will conclude with a study of the very witty and satirical work of Tynianov, an under-appreciated writer who worked in Soviet Russia. SUGGESTED READING Pushkin, Eugene Onegin Pushkin,... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Russian Literature in Translation: Pushkin, Turgenev and Tynianov

<p>Explore in this course three of Russia’s greatest writers, beginning with Pushkin, the outstanding poet and short-story writer who has remained Russia’s most-loved author. We will then study

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King Arthur: Fact or Fiction?

The legend of King Arthur is the enduring myth of English literature. Drawing on written texts and archaeological evidence, we will uncover how much of this myth is based on fact and how much has developed through purely fictional accounts. Examine the development of the myth from its beginnings around 500AD, through the legend’s resurgence in medieval romance literature, and on to modern representations in books and films. NOTE: There will be a short break for morning tea and... [More]
$86 Limited inc GST / $77
King Arthur: Fact or Fiction?

<p>The legend of King Arthur is the enduring myth of English literature. Drawing on written texts and archaeological evidence, we will uncover how much of this myth is based on fact and how much has

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Louisa May Alcott: The Marches and the Alcotts

Little Women, like so many first novels it is famously autobiographical – but if that were true, Louisa certainly did a hatchet job on her brilliant and unusual family. Just how accurate was her picture of her parents and sisters? Was there really a Laurie, and if so, why didn’t she marry him the way we all wanted her to? Did fame and fortune after a lifetime of struggles mean that she lived happily ever after? Are the books she is known for which she called really the books she... [More]
$86 Limited inc GST / $77
Louisa May Alcott: The Marches and the Alcotts

<p><em>Little Women</em>, like so many first novels it is famously autobiographical – but if that were true, Louisa certainly did a hatchet job on her brilliant and unusual family. Just how accurate

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