English Literature

Dr Pierre van Osselaer

Trimester I - Mondays, 6pm, 4-15 weeks (Starts first week of June)
Trimester II - Mondays, 6pm, 4-15 weeks (Starts fourth week of September)

Appreciate the richness and diversity of English literature in this stimulating and wide ranging course, sampling some of the key works we all feel we ought to know. Each week will consider a landmark work (or works) by a famous writer, including Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Jonathan Swift, William Wordsworth, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Edward Thomas, Evelyn Waugh and Philip Larkin.

TEXTS: Chaucer – Nun's Priest's and Pardoner's Tales. Shakespeare – Hamlet and Henry IV. Milton – Paradise Lost Books 4 and 9. Swift – Gulliver's Travels. Wordsworth – Lyrical Ballads. Dickens – Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend. Stoker – Dracula. Edward Thomas – Poems. Waugh – A Handful of Dust and Vile Bodies. Larkin – The Whitsun Weddings.

Pierre van Osselaer has taught English and Media Communications for forty years, at universities and colleges in Ireland and Australia. He currently teaches at Murdoch University.

ACCEPTANCE: You will be notified by e-mail of your enrolment details, including course start date and venue address. Please check your e-mail in case of any unexpected change to these details.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: REFUNDS. Refunds are NOT issued except where a course is cancelled by the WEA. WEA Victoria cannot accept responsibility for changes in personal circumstances. ENROLMENT ACCEPTANCE AND CANCELLATION. You are accepted into the course upon payment in full, unless notified by us. Courses are dependent on sufficient enrolments, tutor availability and other circumstances outside our control, which may cause some courses to be postponed or cancelled. COURSE MATERIALS. Personal course material is the responsibility of the individual student. An additional charge will be made for photocopied notes, textbooks or any other course materials.

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