English Literature

Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

In this course, Ms Karen Hewitt (University of Oxford) explores Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. As we move through the course, we think about the social context of the novel—particularly Victorian ideas about female sexuality—and the...

8 lectures

1:08:15

Mrs Karen Hewitt

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Comparative Linguistics

In this course, Professor Geoff Horrocks (University of Cambridge) provides an introduction to Comparative Linguistics, the study of how languages are related, and how and why languages can change over time. This course makes use of Greek, Latin...

5 lectures

0:49:04

Prof. Geoff Horrocks

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Euripides: Hippolytus

In this course, Dr James Morwood (University of Oxford) explores Euripides’ Hippolytus, a play in which the goddess Cypris, takes revenge on Hippolytus for his refusal to worship her. As we move through the course, we focus on six scenes...

6 lectures

0:55:42

Dr James Morwood

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Lysias: Against Simon

In this course, Professor Edward Harris (University of Durham) explores Lysias’ speech Against Simon, a case apparently concerning a fight between two men over a boy, Theodotus. In particular, we think about the rule of law in ancient Athens, the...

5 lectures

0:55:54

Prof. Edward Harris

Durham University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre: Music and Song

In this course, Dr Armand D’Angour (University of Oxford) explores the use of music in ancient tragedy, thinking in particular about the kinds of musical instruments that were used, the metre, rhythm, and melodies of tragic poetry. The course ends...

5 lectures

0:36:44

Dr Armand D'Angour

Oxford University

English Literature

Stoker: Dracula

In this course, Professor David Punter (University of Bristol) explores Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel, Dracula. As we move through the course, we think about the centrality of blood to the novel (both literally and figuratively), the...

6 lectures

0:53:40

Prof. David Punter

Bristol University

History

Classics & Ancient History

Thucydides

In this course, Professor Neville Morley (University of Bristol) explores Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, focusing on the key episodes in the text and thinking in particular about some of the historiographical issues that modern...

14 lectures

2:28:04

Prof. Neville Morley

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre: Ritual and Religion

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the importance of ritual and religion in Greek tragedy. Having begun with a discussion of the god Dionysus and his cult in Attica, as well as the supposed origins of...

5 lectures

0:50:18

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

English Literature

Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’. As we move through the course, we consider a number of topics including the novel’s interest in language and...

5 lectures

0:52:47

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Comic Drama in the Ancient World

In this course, Professor John Wilkins (University of Exeter) explores comic drama in the ancient world, focusing on the similarities and difference between the plays of Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus and Terence. The course begins by thinking...

6 lectures

0:55:37

Prof. John Wilkins

Exeter University

English Literature

Tennyson: Maud

In this course, Professor Seamus Perry (University of Oxford) explores Tennyson’s ‘Maud’ (1855), a narrative poem about man’s relationship with a sixteen-year old girl called Maud. As we move through the course, we think about the concepts of...

6 lectures

0:37:50

Prof. Seamus Perry

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of John Keats: The Odes

In this course, Dr Corinna Russell (University of Cambridge) explores the Odes of John Keats. After an introduction to Keats and his poetry, including a discussion of the ‘Cockney School of Poetry’, we then cover six of Keats’ poems: Ode...

7 lectures

1:55:08

Dr Corinna Russell

Cambridge University