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Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

In this course, Professor Helen Smith (University of York) explores John Webster's 'The Duchess of Malfi'. In the first module, we think about stereotypes about women in early modern England and their presentation on stage. After that, we...

5 lectures


Prof. Helen Smith

York University

English Literature

Woolf: Mrs Dalloway

In this course, Dr Madeleine Davies (University of Reading) explores Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel, Mrs Dalloway. In the first three modules, we outline some of the key contexts for the novel, including: (i) the life and career of Virginia Woolf;...

10 lectures


Dr Madeleine Davies

Reading University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Odyssey

In this course, Professor Barbara Graziosi (University of Durham) explores Homer's Odyssey. We begin by thinking about the figure of Odysseus himself, focusing in particular on his status as a man 'of many turns' (Greek: polutropos). After that,...

5 lectures


Prof. Barbara Graziosi

Durham University

English Literature

The Poetry of T. S. Eliot

In this course, Professor Seamus Perry (University of Oxford) explores the poetry of T. S. Eliot through five key poems. In the first three modules, we explore 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock', thinking in particular about its status...

12 lectures


Prof. Seamus Perry

University of Oxford

English Literature

Shakespeare – Othello and Race

In this course, Professor Ania Loomba (University of Pennsylvania) explores the question of race in Shakespeare's 'Othello'. In the first module, we think about what race meant to Shakespeare and his contemporaries, exploring the long history of...

5 lectures


Prof. Ania Loomba

University of Pennsylvania

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid

In this course, we explore several aspects of Virgil’s Aeneid – looking in particular at the following issues: first, Dido and Aeneas, and who we should blame for what happens; second, Augustus, and his influence on the Aeneid; third, Aeneas,...

6 lectures


Prof. Richard Jenkyns

University of Oxford

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


Dr Corinna Russell

University of Cambridge

Classics & Ancient History

Imperial Image: The City of Rome

Before the Emperor Augustus died in 14 AD, he boasted that he had found Rome a city of brick, but left it a city of marble. In this course, Professor Matthew Nicholls (University of Reading) explores Augustus’ rebuilding of the...

7 lectures


Prof. Matthew Nicholls

University of Oxford

English Literature

Orwell: Animal Farm

In this course, Dr Nathan Waddell (University of Birmingham) explores George Orwell's Animal Farm. In the first module, we think about Animal Farm in the context of Orwell's life and career, before turning in the second and third modules to...

7 lectures


Dr Nathan Waddell

Birmingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

In this course, Dr Sophie Duncan (University of Oxford) explores Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. We begin in the first module by thinking about Venice as a key setting for the play and its significance at the time Shakespeare was writing....

5 lectures


Dr Sophie Duncan

University of Oxford

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Women

In this course, Dr Emily Hauser (University of Exeter) explores the status and role of women in the Iliad and the Odyssey. In the first module, we think about why women matter in Homer, and the difficulty of recovering the experience of ancient...

5 lectures


Dr Emily Hauser

Exeter University


Cold War – Overview, 1945-1991

In this course, Dr Thomas Tunstall Allcock (University of Manchester) provides an introduction to the Cold War, 1947-91, the period of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and its satellite states (the Eastern Bloc) and the United States...

11 lectures


Dr Thomas Tunstall Allcock

Manchester University

English Literature

Unseen Poetry

In this sixteen-part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) provides a step-by-step guide for approaching unseen poetry. The first three modules introduce key concepts (e.g. the ‘movement’ the poem, ‘binaries’, etc.) as well as...

17 lectures


Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University


Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-22

In this course, Dr Mark Levene (University of Southampton) explores the Russian Revolution from the outbreak of the Revolution in February 1917 to the conclusion of the Russian Civil War in October 1922. In the first module, we think about...

12 lectures


Dr Mark Levene

Southampton University

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