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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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Sigmund Freud argues that the sexual instinct and civilization are irreconcilable and society must repress the sexual, even at the cost of producing neurotics.  By exploring literary and film texts, this course aims to examine the application of psychoanalytic theory in the representation of sexuality in culture.  Intensive reading is mandatory and expected of students who will be guided through the discussion of the writings of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and other theorists who have contributed to the legacy of psychoanalysis as a tool for the reading of culture.
 
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Start 10 FEB 2019 (SUN)
Duration 24 hours
Fee HK$4,800

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 13 FEB 2019 (WED)
Duration 20 hours
Fee HK$3,800
This course aims to help parents, teachers and those who are interested in children’s literature in English. Course participants learn how to interpret, select and make use of children’s literature (in different genres like picture books, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction) to achieve a variety of purposes, such as:
  • Fostering reading for pleasure – a vital part of language acquisition
  • Cultivating good reading habits for personal growth
  • Identifying their children’s language learning needs and addressing them
  • Designing practical follow-up activities leading to the target learners’ long-term language development
PT
Start 16 FEB 2019 (SAT)
Duration 6 weeks
Fee HK$2,800
The short 15-hour course aims to provide all who are interested in literature, particularly, teachers who are interested in using literature in their language classrooms, with the chance to read, appreciate and critique the works of the selected American playwrights. 
PT
Start 04 MAR 2019 (MON)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$3,000
This course explores the idea of storytelling through reading the works of some of the short story’s most prominent writers. It deals with fundamental questions like: Why do people need to tell, read, write and listen to fictional stories? By examining the aesthetics as well as the politics of storytelling, the course aims at shedding some light on the different themes generated by narration and revealing the void that lies beneath man’s sense of identity.
PT
Start 17 APR 2019 (WED)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
The short 9-hour course aims to provide all who are interested in literature, particularly, teachers who are interested in using literature in their language classrooms, with the chance to appreciate and to critique the works of 9 African poets in American history.
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Start 20 MAY 2019 (MON)
Duration 9 hours
Fee HK$1,800
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 12 JUN 2019 (WED)
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, Hamlet and King Lear.
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Start 31 JUL 2019 (WED)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
This 15-hour course is for those who are interested in literature and philosophical writings.  The course explores the nature of aphorisms, parables and allegories as literary forms across the writings of Nietzsche, Benjamin, Adorno, Kafka, Donne, Poe, and Bukowski.
PT
Start 18 SEP 2019 (WED)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$3,000
In this course, we will read the works of three of the most important dramatists in American literature.Each session will concentrate on one play.
Session 1: Eugene O’Neill:  Long day's journey into night
Session 2: Arthur Miller: The Crucible
Session 3: Tennessee Williams: Night of the Iguana
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Start To be advised
Duration 9 hours
Fee HK$1,800