Main content start

LanguagesEnglishLiterature in English

Literature in English

Literature in English

 

 

“Literature is what keeps us from shrivelling into something completely superficial.  And it takes us out of ourselves, too… It reminds you of standards: standards of elegance, of feeling, of seriousness, of sarcasm, or whatever.  It reminds you that there is more than you, better than you.”

~ Susan Sontag

Subscribe e-connect
As a subject in philosophy, a trope in literature, and a most common theme in cinema, love is a master signifier in language for all its unsatisfactory definitions. Looking at various cinematic productions, this course explores the idea of love as a sign of being as well as non-being, as both confirmation and destabilisation of identity at once; hence, as an attraction and a danger.
PT
Start 29 MAY 2018 (TUE)
Duration 15 hours
The course introduces some of Shakespeare’s tragedies in an attempt to crystallise unifying ideas about his thoughts on the human condition as well as analyse and debate notions like sexuality, war, fear, women, identity, the tragic hero, body, space, stage, guilt, language, and madness through Shakespeare’s literature. Tragedy works include Macbeth, Coriolanus and King Lear.
PT
Start 03 JUL 2018 (TUE)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
By identifying, cross referencing and then comparing significant themes and topics from different historical periods across a range of text types and genres, this course aims to introduce a specific critical and analytical approach. It addresses issues of current theoretical importance by illustrating in practice the concepts and techniques of literary criticism which form the foundation for advanced literary studies.
PT
Start 25 FEB 2018 (SUN)
Duration 25 hours
Fee HK$5,800
The Bible is a source of inspiration that has given birth to many great works of literature throughout the last 20 centuries; an understanding of the Book is therefore of paramount importance to students who are interested in literary studies. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the Bible as a literary work, as well as a collection of books written in different genres. It will begin with an introduction to the historical and geographical back-grounds of the Old and New Testaments; and will then focus on specific books and genres.
 
 
PT
Start 09 APR 2018 (MON)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
The American south (not South America!) has produced some of the best writers in the American literary landscape.  In this course, we will read and discuss the works of five women fiction writers who lived in, and wrote about this part of the country. While some background information will be introduced, the main approach we take to these stories is close reading and analysis.
PT
Start 08 JAN 2018 (MON)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800

From classical Greek drama to contemporary theatre, the stage has always been an integral part of the human experience. The course looks at selective moments in the history of drama in which certain playwrights benefited fully from the history of the genre and yet departed so radically from that history. Exploring the content as well as the form of their dramatic works provides key insights into some of the most important societal and cultural issues of both past and present.

PT
Start 06 FEB 2018 (TUE)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$3,800

It may be taken as a silly question. Everyone knows how to watch films. Films are created primarily for entertainment, and not for the intellectualizing interpretations of pompous academics. That much is certain. How to enjoy watching films, however, has become an increasingly important question. The usually half-empty cinema theatres in Hong Kong attest for it.

PT
Start 21 NOV 2017 (TUE)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
The course aims at examining the politicized nature of ethnic representations and how they affect social relations and the ethno-symbolic network. Investigating the links between media, society and culture, it falls into the following main themes: Silencing the Asiatic, the White/Black division, the Caribbean subaltern, the Arab and Muslim others, and the symbolic American other. Exploring forms, practices, and politics of representation, we will discuss the importance, as well as the futility, of representational ethnic struggles.
PT
Start 05 SEP 2017 (TUE)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800

This course introduces participants to eight modern American poets as well as several poets of Asian American descent. Participants will read, explicate, and discuss a selection of works by poets such as Wallace Stevens, Hilda Doolittle; Robert Hayden, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, and N. Scott Momaday.

PT
Start 13 NOV 2017 (MON)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
Shakespeare and Jonson were contemporaries and both widely acclaimed in their time, yet Jonson has not subsequently received the critical attention and overwhelming adulation that Shakespeare has. This course introduces the genre of comedy with relation to classical formulations as applied to specific works of Shakespeare and Jonson. It looks at similarities and differences in the works of the two playwrights and examines how they created dramatic representations of gender and class roles in relation to the real world of the Elizabethan/Jacobean commercial theatre.
PT
Start 19 NOV 2017 (SUN)
Duration 25 hours
Fee HK$5,800