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The French Revolution, 1789-99

In this course, Professor Dave Andress (University of Portsmouth) considers eight key questions related to the French Revolution of 1789-99: (1) Did Louis XVI ever try to make the Constitutional Monarchy work? (2) To what extent did the National...

8 lectures

1:22:28

Prof. David Andress

Portsmouth University

English Literature

Shakespeare: King Lear

In this course, Professor Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading) explores Shakespeare’s King Lear. We begin in the first module by thinking about Shakespeare’s sources for King Lear – what he took from earlier versions of the ...

7 lectures

1:09:20

Prof. Grace Ioppolo

Reading University

English Literature

Achebe: Things Fall Apart

In this course, Professor Stephen Morton (University of Southampton) discusses Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel Things Fall Apart. The course begins by introducing the author himself and the publication on the novel, before moving on in the second...

6 lectures

0:42:08

Prof. Stephen Morton

Southampton University

English Literature

Dickens: Great Expectations

In this course, Professor John Bowen (University of York) explores Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, first published in Dickens' weekly periodical All the Year Round from December 1860 to August 1861. We begin by thinking about the complex...

5 lectures

0:47:33

Prof. John Bowen

York University

History

The Tudors – Elizabeth I, 1558-1603

In this course, Dr Susan Doran (University of Oxford) explores the reign of Elizabeth I. In the first module, we think about the first five years of Elizabeth’s reign, the problems she faced in his period, and how well she...

6 lectures

1:07:19

Prof. Susan Doran

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Euripides: Bacchae

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores Euripides' great tragedy, The Bacchae, which ends with the king of Thebes, Pentheus, being torn to pieces by his own mother, Agave. In the first module, we think about the...

5 lectures

0:39:19

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

English Literature

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

In this course, Dr Christie Carson (Royal Holloway, London) explores Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. We begin in the first module by thinking of the play's status as a comedy: is it enough for the play to end with a marriage...

5 lectures

0:54:40

Dr Christie Carson

Royal Holloway, London

History

The Unification of Italy, 1796-1871

In this course, Dr David Laven (University of Nottingham) explores the Unification of Italy between 1789-1871. We begin by thinking about what Italy was like in the late 18th century, emphasising its regional diversity in terms of both politics...

12 lectures

2:08:45

Dr David Laven

Nottingham University

English Literature

Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath

In this course, Dr Sarah Robertson (University of West England) explores John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath. We begin by providing some historical context to the novel, focusing in particular on the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl...

4 lectures

0:36:52

Dr Sarah Robertson

UWE Bristol

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Symposium

In this course, Dr Frisbee Sheffield (University of Cambridge) explores Plato's Symposium. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the Symposium, including the historical, social, cultural and philosophical context. After that, we go through...

5 lectures

0:45:09

Dr Frisbee Sheffield

Cambridge University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

In this course, Professor Helen Smith (University of York) explores Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In the first module, we imagine a trip to the theatre in the late 16th century, thinking about the literary, historical and theatrical context of...

5 lectures

0:56:26

Prof. Helen Smith

York 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

English Literature

Pat Barker: Regeneration

In this course, we explore Pat Barker’s ‘Regeneration’. Set in 1917 in Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, the novel follows psychiatrist William Rivers as he treats shell-shocked soldiers, including the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred...

15 lectures

2:19:48

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: The Nature of the Gods

In this course, Dr Emma Aston (University of Reading) explores Greek religion, focusing in particular on the nature of the gods in Greek thought. In the first module, we think about the concept of anthropomorphism (i.e. the fact that the...

5 lectures

1:02:41

Dr Emma Aston

Reading University

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