English Literature

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

English Literature

Coetzee: Digrace

Coetzee: Digrace

In this course, Professor Derek Attridge (University of York) explores J. M. Coetzee’s Booker Prize winning novel, Disgrace. We begin in the first module with a broad introduction to the novel, focusing on the novel’s narrative voice, its use of language ...

Prof. Derek Attridge

York University

English Literature

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

In this course, Professor Anna McMullan (University of Reading) explores Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. We begin in the first module with an overview of Beckett’s life, career and literary output. After that, we think about the mixed reception of...

Prof. Anna McMullan

Reading University

English Literature

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

In this course, Professor Andrew Gibson (Royal Holloway, London) explores Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. We begin by thinking about Beckett’s life, tracing his development as a man and a writer up to the outbreak of the Second World War...

Prof. Andrew Gibson

Royal Holloway, London

English Literature

Carter: The Bloody Chamber

Carter: The Bloody Chamber

In this course, Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts (University of the West of England) explores Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. We begin by providing an introduction to Carter herself, focusing in particular on the range of her literary output and her interest...

Prof. Marie Mulvey-Roberts

UWE Bristol

English Literature

Golding: Lord of the Flies

Golding: Lord of the Flies

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores William Golding’s 1954 novel, The Lord of the Flies. We begin by thinking about the historical context for the novel, focusing in particular on the state of Britain and Europe...

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University

English Literature

Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale

Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale

In this course, Dr Madeleine Davies (University of Reading) explores Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, the Handmaid's Tale. We begin by thinking about some of the contexts – political, religious, literary – that are relevant when reading the novel, before considering...

Dr Madeleine Davies

Reading University