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An Introduction to Shakespearean Tragedies

Course Code
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Start Date
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15 hours
Course Fee
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The course introduces some of Shakespeare’s tragedies in an attempt to crystallise unifying ideas about his thoughts on the human condition as well as analyse and debate notions like sexuality, war, fear, women, identity, the tragic hero, body, space, stage, guilt, language, and madness through Shakespeare’s literature. Tragedy works include Macbeth, Hamlet and King Lear.
Course Outline
Session 1 Hamlet: ghost, hero, early soliloquies
Session 2 Hamlet: madness, love, melancholy, late soliloquies
Session 3 Macbeth: fear, sexuality, light, night, language, and equivocation
Session 4 Macbeth: murder, lying, narration, guilt, and the tale told by an idiot
Session 5 King Lear: the father, love, authority, and madness
About the Teacher

Dr Ahmed is a scholar of comparative literature. His interests cover various aspects of literature, art and culture. He is author of America in Literature and Film (2011), Woman in Lars von Trier’s Cinema (2016), and has contributed various articles to The Comparatist (2008), female/bodies (2005, 2006), Scope (2008), Sexuality and Culture (2014), The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and the City (2016) and Bloomsbury’s Lars von Trier’s Women (2016). Dr. Ahmed is an HKU SPACE teacher since 2007.

Programme Details

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Days / Time
  • Wednesday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 5 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting

Teacher Information

Dr ELBESHLAWY, Ahmed, BA Ain-Shams; MA, PhD HK


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2,900

Entry Requirements

  •  Applicants are required to have reached the age of 18. 
  •  Applicants are expected to have a good reading knowledge of English in order to enjoy the course.


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Enrolment Method
Online Application

We provide online application and payment service for students to make enrolment via the Internet. Enrolment will be confirmed once students have made the payment online by using either PPS or credit card.

By Post / In Person

Applicants are required to complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26.  Either take or post the completed form, along with the appropriate course fee and supporting documents, to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

Payment Method
1. CASH, EPS, WECHAT PAY or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.


Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.


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  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
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