English Literature

Carter: The Bloody Chamber

In this course, Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts (University of the West of England) explores Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. We begin by providing an introduction to Carter herself, focusing in particular on the range of her literary output and...

7 lectures

0:41:57

Prof. Marie Mulvey-Roberts

UWE Bristol

English Literature

Milton: Paradise Lost: Books 9-10

In this course, Professor Karen Edwards (University of Exeter) explores of Books 9 and 10 of John Milton’s Paradise Lost through five key questions: (1) What do we learn from Satan’s soliloquy and his return to hell? (2) What is...

5 lectures

1:11:13

Prof. Karen Edwards

Exeter University

History

The Cold War in Asia, 1945-75

In this course, Professor Kevin Ruane (Canterbury Christ Church University) discusses the Cold War in Asia. We begin by thinking about the atomic bombing of Japan in August 1945. Why did President Truman choose to use a weapon that he...

6 lectures

0:52:49

Prof. Kevin Ruane

Canterbury Christ Church University

English Literature

H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds

In this course, Dr Keith Williams (University) explores H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. We begin by thinking about the concept of ‘Mars fever’, focusing in particular on the reasons behind the resurgent interest in the planet in...

5 lectures

0:36:19

Dr Keith Williams

Dundee University

History

The French Revolution, 1789-99

In this course, Professor Dave Andress (University of Portsmouth) considers eight key questions related to the French Revolution of 1789-99: (1) Did Louis XVI ever try to make the Constitutional Monarchy work? (2) To what extent did the National...

8 lectures

1:22:28

Prof. David Andress

Portsmouth University

English Literature

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

In this course, Dr William Blazek (Liverpool Hope University) explores F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. We being by thinking about the concept of the American Dream, focusing in particular on how some of the major characters in...

5 lectures

0:55:10

Dr William Blazek

Liverpool Hope University

English Literature

Shelley: Frankenstein

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We begin by thinking about the life of Mary Shelley herself, focusing in particular on her fateful trip to the Villa Diodati with Percy Shelley in...

5 lectures

0:31:54

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University

English Literature

Golding: Lord of the Flies

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores William Golding’s 1954 novel, The Lord of the Flies. We begin by thinking about the historical context for the novel, focusing in particular on the state of Britain and Europe...

9 lectures

1:18:50

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University

History

Japan, 1853-1912

In this course Dr Andrew Cobbing (University of Nottingham) explores Japan in the 19th century. We begin by thinking about what Japan was like under the Tokugawa shogunate, focusing in particular on the main social, economic and cultural...

6 lectures

0:56:04

Dr Andrew Cobbing

Nottingham University

History

The Unification of Italy, 1796-1871

In this course, Dr David Laven (University of Nottingham) explores the Unification of Italy between 1789-1871. We begin by thinking about what Italy was like in the late 18th century, emphasising its regional diversity in terms of both politics...

12 lectures

2:08:45

Dr David Laven

Nottingham University

English Literature

Dickens: Great Expectations

In this course, Professor John Bowen (University of York) explores Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, first published in Dickens' weekly periodical All the Year Round from December 1860 to August 1861. We begin by thinking about the complex...

5 lectures

0:47:33

Prof. John Bowen

York University

History

The Catholic Reformation, c.1500-1650

In this course, Professor Simon Ditchfield (University of York) explores the Catholic Reformation. We begin by thinking about approaches to the period, focusing in particular on the various terms that historians have used to describe the reforms...

6 lectures

1:03:40

Prof. Simon Ditchfield

York University