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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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Artful Deceptions - The Mechanics of Fiction

Virginia Woolf once famously pondered, “Why should a real chair be better than an imaginary elephant?” This course confronts works of literature across time and contexts to consider the truth-telling force of representation in all its peculiarity. We’ll sit Homer beside Hamsun and question the voice of God, ask Joyce if characters can ever really ‘exist,’ and understand how Flaubert’s cat can yawn for as long as a sunset. Good fiction is magical, but it’s more sleight-of-hand than... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
Artful Deceptions - The Mechanics of Fiction

<p>Virginia Woolf once famously pondered, “Why should a real chair be better than an imaginary elephant?” This course confronts works of literature across time and contexts to consider the

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

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]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
Antony and Cleopatra

<p>When W.H. Auden and Norman Holmes Pearson edited the great 5 Vol. anthology, <em>The Viking Portable Poets of the English Language</em> in 1950, they represented Shakespeare’s poetry not by

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

Even More Great Plays of the Theatre

The course unpacks another 8 plays which have significantly influenced and contributed to both theatre and literature. This course follows on from Eight Great Plays of the Theatre but stands as an independent course. This is the best of the best of drama. [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
Even More Great Plays of the Theatre

The course unpacks another 8 plays which have significantly influenced and contributed to both theatre and literature. This course follows on from Eight Great Plays of the Theatre but stands as an

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

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.

English Classic Writers: Literary Lovers

Some live the love, and others write of it, but the most intriguing characters in literary history must surely be those who do both. Let’s explore the lives and work of four couples over the centuries who have battled the world (and sometimes each other) and survived (or not) illness, and injury, poverty and madness, to create something that can live long after they are dust: Heloise and Abelard, Barrett and Browning, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Ruth Park and Darcy Niland.... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
English Classic Writers: Literary Lovers

<p>Some live the love, and others write of it, but the most intriguing characters in literary history must surely be those who do both. Let’s explore the lives and work of four couples over the

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

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.

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

I Am Woman: Hear My Poem

This one-day course will explore the incredible range and diversity of women’s poetry from some of the most talented and passionate artists of the poetic canon including Browning, Rossetti, Dickinson, Teasdale, Tsvetaeva, Wylie, Porter, Bogan and Atwood. Suitable for both the poetry novice and the enthusiast – come and hear women poets “roar”. [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
I Am Woman: Hear My Poem

This one-day course will explore the incredible range and diversity of women’s poetry from some of the most talented and passionate artists of the poetic canon including Browning, Rossetti, Dickinson,

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

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.