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Introduction to Literary Analysis: IGCSE, GCSE, and HKDSE Literature in English
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Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
Jul 2022
6 weeks
Course Fee
Deadline on 13 Jul 2021 (Tue)
3416 6413
2508 6403
How to Apply

This course explores some of the poems, short stories, plays, and novels covered in IGCSE, GCSE, and HKDSE English in Literature in detail, and teaches key literary analytical skills, such as the thematic, narrative, and prosodic traditions from Renaissance to modern periods.  That includes works by William Shakespeare, William Blake, John Keats, William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, and others. Students will learn to read these texts under a systematic, critical framework and to develop their analytical and imaginative abilities to approach unseen poetry, a challenging exam section for many.  Teachers, adults, and students of English Literature can join, and no literary experience is needed:  This course prepares students to read for leisure, for exams, and for language enhancement.

  • Introduction to Poetry:  Poetic Technique, Meter, and Form
  • Introduction to Romantic Poetry
  • Introduction to Contemporary Literature
  • Literary Representations of Dying and Death
  • Types of Narrative Structures and Voices
  • Symbolism & Imagery in Literature


Introduction to Poetry: Poetic Technique, Meter, and Form

Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare

“The Tyger”, William Blake

Excerpt from Othello, William Shakespeare

“Raleigh was Right”, William Carlos Williams

Literary Analysis: Unseen Poetry


Introduction to the Romantic Poetry

“The Chimney Sweeper”, William Blake

“The Tyger”, William Blake

La Belle Dame Sans Merci”, John Keats

“Ozymandias”, Percy Shelley

Literary Analysis: Unseen Poetry



Introduction to the Contemporary Works

War Poems:      Disabled, Wilfred Owen
   Kamikaze, Beatrice Garland

Disillusionment of the American Dreams:
Excerpts from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men

A Theoretical Approach to Modern Perceptions:

“Flowers by the Sea”, William Carlos Williams

“Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”, Wallace Stevens



Literary Representations of Dying and Death

“Remember”, Christina Rossetti

“The Last Words of My English Grandmother”, William Carlos Williams

“Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”, Dylan Thomas

“August 6, 1945”, Alison Fell

Literary Analysis: Unseen Poetry


Different Types of Narrative Structures and Voices

“Happy Endings”, Margaret Atwood

Story within a Story: William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew

John Steinback’s Of Mice and Men

Excerpt from The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ggozi Adichie

(Non-fiction Text)

Excerpt from Beyond the Sky and Earth: a Journey into Bhutan, Jamie Zeppa

Literary Analysis: Unseen Poetry


Symbolism & Imagery in Literature

“The Necklace”, Guy de Maupassant

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

James Joyce’s “Araby”

“The hand that Signed the Paper Felled a City”, Dylan Thomas

“Still I Rise”, Maya Angelou

Summary: Useful Tips for Studying Literature


Application Code 1992-1165NW -
Start Date 20 Jul 2021 (Tue)
Time 2:30pm - 5:30pm (Tue)
Venue Room 304, Admiralty Learning Centre

  • 6 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2,800
Enrolment Method

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Applicants shall

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 19 July 2021 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.

For details of admission, information for students, enrolment centres and other information related to HKU SPACE Summer School, please visit our Summer School webpage.


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