“Before there were books, there were stories. At first the stories weren’t written down. Sometimes they were even sung. Children were born, and before they could speak, their parents sang them songs, a song about an egg that fell off a wall, perhaps, or about a boy and a girl who went up a hill and fell down it. As the children grew older, they asked for stories almost as often as they asked for food.

The children fell in love with these stories and wanted to hear them over and over again. Then they grew older and found those stories in books. And other stories that they had never heard before, about a girl who fell down a rabbit hole, or a silly old bear and an easily scared piglet and a gloomy donkey, or a phantom tollbooth, or a place where wild things were. The act of falling in love with stories awakened something in the children that would nourish them all their lives: their imagination.”

—Salman Rushdie, “Ask Yourself Which Books You Truly Love”, New York Times essay, 24 May 2021,

<www.nytimes.com/2021/05/24/opinion/sunday/salman-rushdie-world-literature.html>

EarthDiverse currently offers the following World Literature courses for Term 3 beginning the week starting Monday 2 August 2021:

Both courses meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm, beginning Wed 4 August 2021 and continue for eight consecutive weeks.

New Literature courses to be introduced very soon are:

  • LIT104: “Being Literate: The Evolution of Modern Literature” with Peter Dornauf
  • LIT210: “World Lyrical Poetry” with Dr Norman Franke  (coming in Term 4!)

And additional courses are currently under development.

“The Myth of Io” by Bartomeo di Giovanni, ~1490, based on Ovid's “Metamorphoses”

Some of the books discussed during our Arabic Literature course in Term 3.

World Literature Courses:

General Information:

For more detailed information on each series or course, when offered, class times and locations, and course fees and registration) click on the appropriate links above.

If the course you are interested in is not currently being taught, rest assured that it will be again in the future as we continuously rotate the courses on offer. We also plan to add additional courses and locations in the future. Please contact us if you are interested in having us teach in your area or through your local group, association or organisation.

SOME NOTES ON OUR WORLD LITERATURE COURSES:

  • All classes are taught from an objective point of view. These are classes about world literature, mythology and storytelling, designed for participants to get a greater understanding of the depth and scope of the diversity that exists within the world’s various cultural and belief traditions.
  • Detailed Syllabi are available at the start of each Term.
  • Any Term can be taken independently of the others, and there are no prerequisites for any of the Term courses.
  • All classes encourage questions and group discussion. There are no assignments, required readings, quizzes, tests or exams.
  • PDF copies of each class presentation are emailed to all participants the next day so that you are free to focus on class content rather than taking notes. You are most welcome to come, sit back, relax, take part in and enjoy the discussions!
  • Course fees include a short tea/coffee/snack break in the middle of each session.
  • There are no refunds for missed classes.
  • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single class at no charge.
  • Certificates of Completion for any particular Term Course or Series are available for Professional Development purposes upon request at the end of each Term or Series.

2021 TERM DATES & CLASS LOCATIONS:

  • Term 1: begins the week on Mon 15 Feb, and ends Fri 9 Apr 2021
  • Term 2: begins the week of Mon 10 May, and ends Fri 2 Jul 2021
  • Term 3: begins the week of Mon 2 Aug, and ends Fri 24 Sep 2021
  • Term 4: begins the week of Mon 18 Oct, and ends Fri 10 Dec 2021

Hamilton: Hamilton classes are held in the Conference Rooms at Artmakers, Norris Ward Park Arts Centre, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton. The carpark entrance is off Seddon Road at the back of Norris Ward Park. The classroom is immediately to the left of the Waikato Society of Potters studio. There is plenty of free parking available in the carpark just outside the classroom.

RDC-Hamilton-map-Artmakers

TERM COST PER COURSE:

HAMILTON & DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSES (8-week Terms):

  • Waged: $125 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)
  • Unwaged/Student/Senior: $100 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)

DISTANCE-LEARNING:

In addition to our regular in-person classes offered in Hamilton, we offer ‘Distance Learning’ options for all of our courses. These on-line live-streaming distance-learning options are offered via free Zoom software. Distance-learning options have been added for those living outside the Waikato or for those unable to attend our in-person classes in Hamilton. If you are a Distance-Learner you have the option of joining our regular live classroom sessions via Zoom at the regularly scheduled class time, or you can watch a video-recording of the Zoom classroom session at your leisure and study at your own pace.

Your instructor will send you instructions once you have registered for your course.

TO REGISTER:

Select the appropriate course link above, which will take you to the page for that particular course. Read the details for that course, and if you’d like to register, click on the blue “Register” button which will take you to Registration and Payment pages where you can securely enter in your payment details. A receipt will automatically be generated for you.