English Literature

From Beowulf to Carol Ann Duffy, via Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, the Brontes, and others.

English Literature

Dickens: A Christmas Carol

In this course, Dr Christopher Pittard (University of Portsmouth) explores Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, ‘A Christmas Carol’. In the first module, we think about the background to ‘A Christmas Carol’, the circumstances that led Dickens to write...

9 lectures

1:53:10

Dr Christopher Pittard

Portsmouth University

English Literature

Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. In the first two modules, we provide a broad introduction to the social, historical, cultural context of the...

19 lectures

3:18:17

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham 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

3:07:17

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Bronte: Wuthering Heights

In this course, Professor John Bowen (University of York) explores Emily Brontë’s 1848 novel, Wuthering Heights. In the first module, we provide an introduction to the novel as a whole, focusing in particular on Brontë’s life, her character, and...

10 lectures

0:46:31

Prof. John Bowen

York University

English Literature

Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1999 collection, 'The World's Wife'. After a brief introduction to the collection as a whole, the course continue with a read-through and analysis of each...

30 lectures

3:22:10

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Chaucer: Historical, Literary and Cultural Context

In this course, Professor Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores the historical, literary and cultural context for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In the first module, we think about the literary and linguistic culture of 14th-century England,...

6 lectures

1:01:14

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

Dickens: A Christmas Carol

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In the first module, we introduce the novel by looking at the first two paragraphs of the story, including its famous opening line (“Marley ...

15 lectures

2:14:28

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham 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

1:06:42

Dr Sophie Duncan

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

In this course, Professor John Roe (University of York) explores Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We begin in the first module by thinking about the history of the story of Romeo and Juliet and the sources that Shakespeare may have used when ...

8 lectures

1:41:31

Prof. John Roe

York 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

Shakespeare: Othello

In this course, Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University) explores six aspects of the critical reception of Shakespeare's Othello. In the first module, we think about the critical reception of the handkerchief, beginning with Thomas ...

6 lectures

0:57:40

Prof. Lisa Hopkins

Sheffield Hallam University

English Literature

Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four

In this course, Dr Nathan Waddell (University of Birmingham) explores George Orwell’s 1949 novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The first two modules provide broad context for the novel: in the first, we think about Orwell’s writing of the novel and the ...

9 lectures

1:14:37

Dr Nathan Waddell

Birmingham University