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WEA courses in Enfield Town and  Palmers Green beginning between January and June 2019.

Click on the name of a course for more details and to apply online.  The places available were as at 11pm on 1 December 2018.

More Examined lives: The art of autobiography

The course will cover a diversity of autobiographical writings in different genres in prose narratives, diaries and letters and poetry. There will be a consideration of how writers select and edit material for theses works and alsoow they relect and our reflective of the eras in which they ere written. works to be covered will be as follows: Louis MacNiece: Autumn Journal Gerald Durrell: My Family and Other Animals Clive James: Unreliable Memoirs (First Volume) Jeanette Winterson: Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? Anne Frank: Diary selections Sylvia Plath: Diary selections


Two Cities: The art and architecture of Vienna and Berlin

This course explores the cultural and artistic movements, achievements and works created in two leading cultural centres of the 19th and 20th century. From the emergence of Biedermeier in post-1815 Vienna to German romanticism and the explosion of modernism at the turn of the century with the Viennese Secession, expressionism, DADA and new objectivity.


Fossils and their environment, and student requests

We will look at a range of fossils most of which we can find in this country, manly invertebrates as we are more likely to find them and make up a collection. We will look at locations we find them in Other related topics raised by students in the class


Telling Tales 400 years of narratives in music

‘Telling Tales’ is a follow-up to the musical appreciation courses held in Enfield in 2017-18. It will further examine the potential for music - with or without a text - to tell stories and reflect the characteristics of all kinds of narratives:- folk-tales, fairy-tales, myths and legends from around the world, even episodes from history. It will try to create a better understanding of how the language of music can deal effectively with all of these, and how composers from the past embellished and enriched these classic tales with the full power of their imagination.


Myths, Legends and Romance in Art and Music (part 1)

Have you ever looked at the painted ceilings in historical houses and struggled to understand the stories they show, or wanted to know more about the characters in art works and music. Myths, legends and romances have been the lifeblood of art and music throughout history. Enjoy this journey through the landscape of literature from ancient to modern times. Hear the tales behind the sculptures and pictures, from the flood stories of ancient Iraq and the bible to modern "classics". Listen to the music, from folk tunes to the symphony orchestra and the operas, music inspired by the stories of the ancient heroes in Greek mythology and the intrigues of the devious gods. Enjoy the golden braid of literature, art and music from different epochs: Babylonian and Egyptian myths. Greek and Roman stories. Bible stories. Dark Ages literature. Arthurian legends. Medieval Romances. Shakespearean tales. Middle Eastern tales. Victorian and 20th century stories.


Trade, Emigration and Empire in Victorian England

While the industrial revolution and urbanisation were drawing people into the cities, the prospect of a new and better life encouraged others to emigrate to America and to the colonies of Empire. The growth of trade also involved the movement of people as well as goods. The course examines some of the key events in these processes, such as the colonisation of Africa, the development of the East India Company and the British Raj in India, emigration from Scotland and Ireland, and the growth of ports, docks and railways. The course will include a guided walk or visit.


The Summer of Love

An illustrated lecture exploring films made during, by and about the 1968/69 "summer of love" and student revolution, the emerging women's movement and radical developments in the arts.


From page to screen: Adaptations

This 5-week course will explore film adaptations, covering translations from page and stage to screen, adaptations from film to film, transposing films from one continent and culture to the other and across time. We will look at different versions of the same work, homages and variations.


The History of Ideas

A Five Week course introducing some of the major ideas which have influenced western thought, art and culture. It is a multidisciplinary course, drawing on ideas from religion, philosophy, art, science and literature. Each session will focus on a text, including works by Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and William Wordsworth, and we will discuss the impact of its key ideas.


Around the Mediterranean

This 5-week course explores films made by and set in countries around the Mediterranean, giving an insight into national cinemas from the region and at the same time exploring the ongoing attraction of/fascination with the region by others, reflected in films about visitors, travellers and explorers.


Myths, Legends and Romance in Art and Music (part 2)

Have you ever looked at the painted ceilings in historical houses and struggled to understand the stories they show, or wanted to know more about the characters in art works and music. Myths, legends and romances have been the lifeblood of art and music throughout history. Enjoy this journey through the landscape of literature from ancient to modern times. Hear the tales behind the sculptures and pictures, from the flood stories of ancient Iraq and the bible to modern "classics". Listen to the music, from folk tunes to the symphony orchestra and the operas, music inspired by the stories of the ancient heroes in Greek mythology and the intrigues of the devious gods. Enjoy the golden braid of literature, art and music from different epochs: Babylonian and Egyptian myths. Greek and Roman stories. Bible stories. Dark Ages literature. Arthurian legends. Medieval Romances. Shakespearean tales. Middle Eastern tales. Victorian and 20th century stories.


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