English Literature

Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida

In this course, Professor Cedric Watts (University of Sussex) explores Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida. We begin by thinking about the strangeness of the play: is it a history, a comedy, or a tragedy? was it performed in Shakespeare's lifetime?...

5 lectures

0:43:11

Prof. Cedric Watts

Sussex University

English Literature

Conrad: The Secret Agent

In this course, Professor Cedric Watts (University of Sussex) explores Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel, The Secret Agent. The course begins by thinking about Conrad's life – his upbringing in Poland, his early career as a merchant sailor, and his later...

10 lectures

0:47:29

Prof. Cedric Watts

Sussex University

English Literature

Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go

In this course, Dr Richard Robinson (Swansea University) explores Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go. We begin by introducing Ishiguro's previous works, before focusing on the idea on the unreliable first-person narrator. After that, we...

6 lectures

0:40:58

Dr Richard Robinson

Swansea University

English Literature

The Poetry of W. B. Yeats

In this course, Dr Peter Howarth (Queen Mary, University of London) explores the poetry of W. B. Yeats through six key poems: 'An Irish Airman Foresees his Death', 'Easter, 1916', 'Leda and the Swan', 'No Second Troy', 'The Cold Heaven',...

6 lectures

1:08:54

Dr Peter Howarth

Queen Mary, University of London

English Literature

Shakespeare: Coriolanus

In this course, Dr Martin Wiggins (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) explores Shakespeare's Coriolanus. We begin by thinking about the political circumstances in which the action of the play takes place, focusing in particular...

8 lectures

1:02:14

Dr Martin Wiggins

The Shakespeare Institute

History

US Civil Rights, 1865-1941

In this course, Professor Robert Cook explores the development of African-American civil rights from the end of the American Civil War (1865) to the United States' entry into World War II (1941). After a brief introduction that provides an...

6 lectures

1:08:07

Prof. Robert Cook

Sussex University

English Literature

Conrad: Heart of Darkness

In this course, Professor Robert Hampson (Royal Holloway, London) explores Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. We begin by providing some of the historical context of the novel, focusing both on Conrad's own experiences as a seaman, as well as on...

6 lectures

0:55:26

Prof. Robert Hampson

Royal Holloway, London

History

The Tudors – Edward VI and Mary I, 1547-58

In this course, Professor Sue Doran (University of Oxford) explores the reigns of Edward VI (1547-53) and Mary I (1553-58), a period which some historians have labelled the Mid-Tudor Crisis. We begin by thinking about the religious policies of...

6 lectures

1:01:51

Prof. Susan Doran

Oxford University

History

The Tudors – Elizabeth I and the Catholic Problem, 1558-1603

In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) thinks about the treatment of Catholics during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). The course begins by thinking about Elizabeth's own religious beliefs, focusing in particular at...

6 lectures

0:52:37

Prof. John Morrill

Cambridge University

History

The Tudors – Elizabeth I and the Succession Crises, 1558-1603

In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) explores the reign of Elizabeth I (1533-1603) through the lens of the succession crisis that she faced throughout her life – both at the beginning of her reign in 1558, and...

6 lectures

0:54:18

Prof. John Morrill

Cambridge University

English Literature

Conrad: Heart of Darkness

In this course, Dr Keith Carabine (University of Kent) explores Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella, Heart of Darkness. The course begins by thinking about Conrad's own experiences in Africa, as recorded in his 'Personal Record' (1912) and 'Geography and...

6 lectures

1:05:27

Dr Keith Carabine

Kent University

English Literature

Classics & Ancient History

Tragedy: A Complete History

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores the history of tragedy from its origins in ancient Athens to the present day. In the first three modules, we think about the tragedy of Classical Athens, looking in particular at the plays...

20 lectures

4:54:53

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar