English Literature

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

English Literature

Webster: The White Devil

In this course, we explore John Webster’s ‘The White Devil’, beginning by thinking about John Webster himself, before moving on to consider the play itself – its setting in Italy, and the presentation of the various male and female characters...

5 lectures

0:46:47

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

The Poetry of Thomas Hardy

In this course, we explore the poetry of Thomas Hardy. Having introduced Hardy in the first module, we then go through eighteen of his poems in turn, reading each aloud, and providing in-depth, line-by-line commentary and analysis. The final...

18 lectures

2:24:59

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings

In this course, we explore Philip Larkin’s 1964 collection of poetry, ‘The Whitsun Weddings’. Having introduced Larkin and his poetry in the first module, we then go through each poem in turn, reading it aloud and providing an in-depth,...

34 lectures

3:21:46

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

The Poetry of John Donne

In this course, we explore the poetry of John Donne, thinking in particular about poetic language and style, the issues that preoccupied him throughout his life and career, and the extent to which we can understand John Donne the man...

5 lectures

0:54:46

Dr Anna Beer

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In this course, we think about the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, focusing in particular in the literary and historical background of this poems of the 1790s. In the first half of the course, we think about Coleridge’s religious views...

6 lectures

0:45:48

Prof. Seamus Perry

Oxford University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Wife of Bath's Tale

In this course, we explore the Wife of Bath’s Tale and Prologue in Chaucer’s in Canterbury Tales. In the first module, we consider the presentation of the Wife of Bath in the General Prologue, thinking about the extent to which...

5 lectures

1:26:45

Dr Anna Caughey

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of Sylvia Plath

In this course, we explore the poetry of Sylvia Plath: first, we think about what it means to describe Plath as a writer of Confessional Poetry; after that we look at the themes of motherhood and love in Plath’s poetry;...

4 lectures

0:29:26

Prof. Diane Purkiss

Oxford University

English Literature

Shelley: Frankenstein

In this course, we explore several aspects of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In the first module, we focus on some of the myths that lie behind the novel. After that, we think about the kind of knowledge that Victor engages with...

6 lectures

0:48:30

Prof. David Punter

Bristol University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Othello

In this course, we explore several aspects of Shakespeare’s Othello, thinking in particular about the play in performance. In the first module, we explore the concept of racism in the play, before moving on in the following three modules to...

5 lectures

0:41:42

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

In this course, we explore several aspects of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, thinking in particular about the play in performance. In the first module, we think about how Shakespeare manipulates, fuses, and pays with genre, before moving on to...

5 lectures

0:51:53

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Gothic Literature

In this course, we explore the history of the Gothic novel, beginning with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, and finishing with the literature (and films) of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that have been influenced by the Gothic,...

14 lectures

2:09:05

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Bronte: Wuthering Heights

In this course we look at several aspects of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. In the first six sections, we focus on Romanticism and what it means to call Heathcliff a Romantic hero. In second six sections, we focus on individual...

13 lectures

1:49:26

Dr Alfie Bown

Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong