English Literature

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

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

English Literature

Bronte: Jane Eyre

In this course, we explore several aspects of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The course is divided into two equal halves: in the first six modules, we think about some of the major themes of the novel, looking in particular at...

12 lectures

1:43:36

Dr Alfie Bown

Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong

English Literature

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

In this course, we explore several aspects of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We begin by thinking about the play’s status as a comedy, before looking at a number of aspects of the play and its performance. In particular, we explore the...

6 lectures

1:00:42

Dr Sophie Duncan

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale

In this course, we explore several aspects of one of Shakespeare’s later plays, The Winter’s Tale. In particular, we consider the political and theatrical context for the play, the importance of allegory and symbolism, the play’s peculiar...

7 lectures

0:57:08

Dr Charles Moseley

Cambridge University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra

In this course, we explore several aspects of Antony and Cleopatra. We begin by thinking about why Shakespeare was interested in writing plays that were set in Ancient Rome, before looking at a number of aspects of the play and...

5 lectures

0:44:56

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Shakespeare: King Lear

In this course, we explore several aspects of King Lear. We begin by looking at some of the textual problems of the play, before looking at aspects of the play and its performance. In particular, we explore the play’s comedic...

5 lectures

0:44:29

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Chaucer and Story Patterns in Middle English Literature

This course provides readers of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with a broader context of Chaucer’s life and times as well as the kind of literature that was being written in the Medieval period that may have inspired Chaucer when it came...

5 lectures

0:29:08

Dr Carolyne Larrington

Oxford University

English Literature

Love Through the Ages

This course explores the theme of love from the earliest English literature to the present day – from authors that you have likely heard of, such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Byron and Keats, to authors that are perhaps less well-known. This...

22 lectures

3:05:28

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Macbeth

This course focuses on Macbeth, looking in particular at several key aspects of the play. In the first module, we focus on the appeal of the play, both when it was first peformed in the early 17th century, and for...

5 lectures

0:56:26

Mr Stephen Siddall

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Shakespeare on Stage

In this course, Professor Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford) explores how Shakespeare was originally rehearsed, acted and watched, and how this might change our understand of some of his plays. In the first module, we think about actors' roles...

6 lectures

0:52:19

Prof. Tiffany Stern

Royal Holloway, London

English Literature

Shakespeare: Hamlet

In this course, Dr John Lennard explores Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the first module, we explore the idea of Hamlet as a revenge tragedy, and think about how Shakespeare has complicated the basic structure. In the second module, we consider the...

5 lectures

0:53:30

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus

In Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's first tragedy, the fragmentation of sacrificed and mutilated bodies gives rise to a polyphony of dismemberment. Over the course of these six lectures, Andrew Zurcher explores how Shakespeare figures the...

6 lectures

1:23:22

Dr Andrew Zurcher

Cambridge University