English Literature

Shakespeare: Hamlet

In this course, Dr John Lennard explores Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the first module, we explore the idea of Hamlet as a revenge tragedy, and think about how Shakespeare has complicated the basic structure. In the second module, we consider the...

5 lectures

0:53:30

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus

In Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's first tragedy, the fragmentation of sacrificed and mutilated bodies gives rise to a polyphony of dismemberment. Over the course of these six lectures, Andrew Zurcher explores how Shakespeare figures the...

6 lectures

1:23:22

Dr Andrew Zurcher

Cambridge University

English Literature

Robert Browning: My Last Duchess

In this course, Mr Clive Wilmer (University of Cambridge) provides an in-depth analysis of Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'. The course begins by introducing Browning himself and the dramatic monologue form, before asking us to consider the...

6 lectures

0:40:47

Mr Clive Wilmer

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Ancient Sparta

In this lecture, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) examines the ancient city-state of Sparta. In the first module, we discuss the evidence for ancient Sparta, noting the tendency for both contemporary and later writers to...

6 lectures

1:02:07

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

In this course, Dr Marion Turner (University of Oxford) provides an introduction to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The course begins with a discussion of the opening lines of the General Prologue, before going on to discuss Chaucer himself, the...

6 lectures

0:59:48

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this course, Professor Diane Purkiss (Oxford) explores Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with a particular focus on some of the more magical aspects of the play. The course begins with an exploration of the idea of the "Midsummer Night"...

5 lectures

0:43:29

Prof. Diane Purkiss

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Art

In this course, we explore the art and architecture of the Greek world, looking in particular at free-standing sculpture (both Archaic and Classical), architectural sculpture, vase painting, and temple architecture. Within each of these...

6 lectures

1:00:13

Prof. Amy Smith

Reading University

English Literature

Victorian Literature and Darwin's Origin of Species

In this course, Dr Will Abberley (University of Oxford) explores the influence of Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species' on contemporary works of Victorian literature: 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens, 'The Coming Race' by Edward...

4 lectures

0:40:37

Dr Will Abberley

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare: The Tempest

In this course, Dr Charles Moseley (Cambridge) explores Shakespeare's last play, 'The Tempest'. The first modules concentrate on historical context, looking in particular at the influence of the accession of King James to the throne, and the...

8 lectures

0:57:02

Dr Charles Moseley

Cambridge University

English Literature

Milton: Paradise Lost: Religious and Literary Background

In this course, Dr Edmund White (University of Oxford) explores the religious and literary background of Paradise Lost. This course provides an introduction to the religious culture of seventeenth-century England, and shows how this culture...

24 lectures

0:51:03

Dr Edmund White

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: The Worlds of the Iliad and Odyssey

In a special set of two lectures, Dr Elton Barker (Open University) explores the worlds of the Homeric epics, suggesting in particular that both the Iliad and the Odyssey question the use of violence as a means of conflict-resolution. In...

2 lectures

0:31:24

Dr Elton Barker

Open University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Republic

In this course, Nakul Krishna (University of Oxford) considers some of the key philosophical problems in Plato's Republic. In the first module, he examines the fundamental question that the Republic is trying to answer: "Why should we be just?"....

10 lectures

2:02:48

Dr Nakul Krishna

Cambridge University