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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

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This course examines the American family and society as portrayed in five 20th century American plays. While the focus of each class in on the analysis of the written scripts, certain excerpts from the theatrical or cinematic productions of these plays will also be shown and discussed.

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Start 01 JUN 2017 (THU)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
The Victorian era was a time of extreme social and cultural change, represented by huge discrepancies between rich and poor and dramatic differences in the status of men and women. Art and literature reflected these current preoccupations: critical themes range from social advancement, mobility, realism and discussion of social problems, gender roles, aestheticism, art for art’s sake, to Gothic horror. Taking an interactive approach, this course uses a variety of media - paintings, movies and documentaries - to focus on relevant cultural and socio-historical topics while relating these to representative literary texts.
PT
Start 20 AUG 2017 (SUN)
Duration 25 hours
Fee HK$5,800
The course provides a practical introduction to important theories and techniques of literary criticism.  Following the previous course format, and using a selection of short texts as examples, it covers at a basic level the fundamental theories of literary criticism and demonstrates how these ‘tools’ can be applied to provide useful insights into a range of genres.  The course will enable those with an interest in literature to approach and analyse different texts systematically and with confidence, using correct terminology and a sound theoretical approach.
PT
Start 23 SEP 2017 (SAT)
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 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
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
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 To be advised
Duration 15 hours

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 To be advised
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
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 To be advised
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
Everyone has a story to tell. This course helps you tap into your memories to uncover the stories which make you who you are. Class time will be divided between guided writing exercises, discussion of assigned readings, and sharing of each other's written materials. Various aspects of the writer's craft will be introduced to help in your rewriting and polishing process.
 

Books for reading / discussion * :
(Subject to change)

  1. A Shimmering Sea: Hong Kong Stories
  2. The Golden Needle
  3. Wannabe Backpackers
  4. A Misted Mirror
  5. Memoirs of an Ice-Cream Lady
  6. Searching for Frederick
  7. Chocolate's Brown Study in the Bag 
PT
Start To be advised
Duration 24 hours
Fee HK$5,800