English Literature

Conan Doyle: The Sign of Four

In this course, Dr Christopher Pittard (University of Portsmouth) explores Arthur Conan Doyle's second Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of Four (1890). We begin by providing a broad introduction to the novel, exploring how the novel came to be...

5 lectures

1:37:01

Dr Christopher Pittard

Portsmouth University

English Literature

Satrapi: Persepolis

In this course, Dr Dominic Davies (University of Oxford) explores Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis. We begin by thinking about what Persepolis is and what it's about, focusing in particular on the historical events that form the...

6 lectures

0:46:39

Dr Dominic Davies

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Odyssey

In this course, Professor Richard Jenkyns (University of Oxford) explores Homer's Odyssey. We begin by thinking about the nature of the poem, focusing in particular on the nature of oral poetry and the Odyssey's relationship (if any) with the...

5 lectures

0:43:41

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Sappho

In this course, Professor Edith Hall (King's College, London) explores the poetry of Sappho. In the first module, we think about some of the myths surrounding Sappho before focusing on what we actually know about when and where she lived,...

4 lectures

0:20:35

Prof. Edith Hall

King's College, London

English Literature

Chaucer: The Merchant's Tale

In this course, Professor Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores Geoffrey Chaucer's Merchant's Tale. We begin by thinking about some of the Biblical allusions in the Tale, focusing in particular on the Garden the Eden and the Song of Songs....

5 lectures

0:50:23

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

History

The Early Anglo-Saxon Church, 597-754

In this course, Professor Sarah Foot (University of Oxford) explores the early Anglo-Saxon church, from Augustine's mission to England in the late sixth century to the death of Boniface in 754. We begin in the first module with Augustine's mission...

6 lectures

1:41:46

Prof. Sarah Foot

Oxford University

History

The Westward Expansion of the United States, 1803-90

In this course, Dr Kevin Waite (University of Durham) explores the westward expansion of the United States in period 1803-90. After a broad introduction to the period in which we outline some of the factors that contributed to this westward...

7 lectures

0:54:28

Dr Kevin Waite

Durham University

History

Ferdinand and Isabella, 1474-1516

In this course, Dr John Edwards (University of Oxford) explores the reigns of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, jointly known as the Catholic Monarchs, or simply 'Ferdinand and Isabella'. We begin by providing a broad overview...

6 lectures

0:57:30

Dr John Edwards

Oxford University

English Literature

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. The course begins with a broader introduction to the novel, thinking about the context in which the novel was written and...

10 lectures

2:03:31

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter

In this course, Dr Nicholas Lawrence (University of Warwick) explores Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel, The Scarlett Letter (1850). In the first module, we think about the tension in the novel between the traditional and the modern, focusing...

6 lectures

0:55:58

Dr Nick Lawrence

Warwick University

History

John Wycliffe and the Lollards, 1350-1500

In this course, Professor John Arnold (University of Cambridge) explores the theology of John Wycliffe and the heretical movement which he inspired known as Lollardy. In the first module, we think about the life and times of John Wycliffe himself,...

6 lectures

0:51:22

Prof. John Arnold

Cambridge University

History

The Battle of Mohács, 1526

In this course, Dr Colin Imber (University of Manchester) explores the Battle of Mohács (1526), fought between the Ottoman forces led by Ibrahim Pasha and the Hungarian forces of Louis II. We begin by tracing the arduous journey of the...

5 lectures

0:49:07

Dr Colin Imber

Manchester University