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Introduction to English Literature

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Application Code
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Start Date
15 Jul 2024 (Mon)
6 weeks
Course Fee
Deadline on 02 Jul 2024 (Tue)
3416 6413
2508 6403
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For secondary school students of English Literature, teachers, and adults, who want an introduction to the works of William Shakespeare and of the Romantic and the Modern periods — this course opens the door to these areas of focus.

Programme Details

This course is, in part, designed to help students master exam skills: covering not only practical analytical skills, such as thematic, narrative, and prosodic traditions, but also skills to help students become ingenious readers, both for academic purposes or leisure. To make this course relevant to secondary school students of English Literature, texts are selected from HKDSE Literature in English, International GCSE English Literature, and IGCSE First Language English & English Literature curriculums.  Learning to read these texts under a systematic, critical framework is key.

In addition, this course teaches the skills to develop analytical and imaginative abilities to study unseen poetry, a challenging exam section for many.  

Course Outline

Session 1 - Introduction to Poetry: Poetic Technique, Meter, and Form

William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 116’                                                                                     IGCSE
William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’ 



Christina Rossetti’s ‘Remember’  IGCSE
Literary Analysis: Unseen Poetry  

Session 2 - Introduction to the Romantic Period

William Blake’s ‘The Chimney Sweeper’                                        HKDSE
John Keats’s ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’  IGCSE
Literary Analysis: Unseen Poetry  

Session 3 - Introduction to Contemporary Works

Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘War Photographer’  IGCSE
Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt  HKDSE

A Theoretical Approach to Modern Perceptions:

William Carlos Williams’s Flowers by the Sea’

e. e. cummings’s ‘Buffalo Bill’s’ 

Emily Dickinson’s ‘There’s a Certain Slant of Light’                
Literary Analysis: Unseen Poetry  

Session 4 - Literary Representations of Dying and Death

e. e. cummings’s ‘nobody loses all the time’  HKDSE

William Carlos Williams’s  

‘The Last Words of My English Grandmother’
Dylan Thomas’s ‘Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night’  IGCSE
Literary Analysis: Unseen Poetry  

Session 5 - Different Types of Narrative Structures and Voices

Excerpt from Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried                HKDSE
Excerpt from Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider  IGCSE
Literary Analysis: Unseen Poetry  

Session 6 - Symbolism & Imagery in Literature

Excerpt from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby               HKDSE
William Blake’s ‘A Poison Tree’  HKDSE
Excerpt from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird IGCSE
Summary: Useful Tips for Studying Literature  

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Introduction to English Literature -
Application Code 2292-1101NW
Start Date 15 Jul 2024 (Mon)
Time 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue Admiralty Learning Centre

Days / Time
  • Monday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 6 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting

Teacher Information

Ms Gloria Luk


Teaching English Literature and advanced writing techniques, Ms Gloria Luk studied in Canada: earning her B.A. Honours and M.A. in English Literature at Western University and University of Calgary, respectively, in addition to completing pedagogical training for higher education in graduate school. She was an editor of Dandelion Magazine, a Canadian literary magazine, and continues to be an independent editor. Luk writes poetry, and some of her works are anthologized: “Cuora Cyclornata”, on Hong Kong’s diaspora, is in Another Hong Kong; “Pearly White Petals”, a subversive rewriting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in Of Gods and Mobsters; “Morning Drift”, in Yuan Yang.


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2,400

Entry Requirements

  • Junior secondary students requiring no prerequisite knowledge in English literature. 

  •  Applicants should have a good reading knowledge of English, a willingness to participate in discussion and, above all, an interest in literature.

  • Applicants should be aged 15 or above


Enrolment Method


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a) complete the enrolment form and enroll in the course(s)

(i) at the Enrolment Centres of HKU SPACE (please refer to the ‘Learning / Enrolment Centres’ section) by cash, EPS, cheque/bank draft or credit cards (VISA / MasterCard);


(ii) by mail with cheque/bank draft to ‘HKU SPACE Summer School Office, 11/F, 250 King’s Road, Hong Kong'.
Cheque/Bank draft should be made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ with applicant’s name and course(s) applied written on the back.  A photo of the applicant (in plain colour background, 45mm(W) x 55mm(H)) is also required.

b) apply through the School’s online enrolment system and pay by credit card or PPS.

  • All applicants who are below age 18 on 10 July 2024 MUST complete and submit the ‘Parent/Guardian Consent Form’ together with the Enrolment Form.
  • If you are applying for more than one course, please check to ensure that there is no clash of class schedules before submitting your application.


  1. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted to a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  2. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  3. Receipts will only be issued once. For additional copies of proof of payments, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.
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