English Literature

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English Literature

Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores John Webster’s masterpiece, the Duchess of Malfi. The course begins by thinking about John Webster himself, about whom we know very little, and the historical context for the play itself. After that,...

5 lectures

0:51:25

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

The Poetry of John Keats

In this course, Dr Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge) explores the poetry of John Keats. In the first two modules, we think of Keats in terms of first reader, then writer, thinking about his engagement with both the texts of...

6 lectures

1:01:40

Dr Ross Wilson

Cambridge University

English Literature

Victorian Poetry

In this course, Professor Valentine Cunningham (University of Oxford) explores Victorian Poetry, looking specifically at the poetry of Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Thomas Hardy. As we...

5 lectures

0:56:02

Prof. Valentine Cunningham

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of Lord Byron

In this course, Professor Sir Drummond Bone (University of Oxford) discusses the life and poetry of Lord Byron. After a brief introduction to the man himself—once famously described as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”—we then provide a brief...

7 lectures

0:34:09

Prof. Sir Drummond Bone

Oxford University

English Literature

Dickens: David Copperfield

In this course, Dr Alfie Bown (University of Manchester) explores Dickens’ 1849-50 novel David Copperfield. After a brief introduction that sets the novel in its historical context, we turn to some of the major themes of the novel, including how...

6 lectures

0:49:53

Dr Alfie Bown

Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong

English Literature

Dickens: Hard Times

In this course, Dr Alfie Bown (University of Manchester) explores Dickens’ 1854 novel, Hard Times. As we move through the course, we think about the philosophy of Utilitarianism (thinking in particular about Mr. Gradgrind), about class (thinking...

6 lectures

0:52:39

Dr Alfie Bown

Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong

English Literature

Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

In this course, Ms Karen Hewitt (University of Oxford) explores Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. As we move through the course, we think about the social context of the novel—particularly Victorian ideas about female sexuality—and the...

8 lectures

1:08:15

Mrs Karen Hewitt

Oxford University

English Literature

Stoker: Dracula

In this course, Professor David Punter (University of Bristol) explores Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel, Dracula. As we move through the course, we think about the centrality of blood to the novel (both literally and figuratively), the...

6 lectures

0:53:40

Prof. David Punter

Bristol University

English Literature

Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’. As we move through the course, we consider a number of topics including the novel’s interest in language and...

5 lectures

0:52:47

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University

English Literature

Tennyson: Maud

In this course, Professor Seamus Perry (University of Oxford) explores Tennyson’s ‘Maud’ (1855), a narrative poem about man’s relationship with a sixteen-year old girl called Maud. As we move through the course, we think about the concepts of...

6 lectures

0:37:50

Prof. Seamus Perry

Oxford University

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

1:55:08

Dr Corinna Russell

Cambridge University

English Literature

Poetry: How to Read and Analyse Poetry

In this course, Professor John Lennard talks through the craft of poetry in a course that draws on his international bestseller, The Poetry Handbook, which has been a favourite with both sixth-form students and undergraduates since its first...

15 lectures

2:49:30

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar